The Mythology Behind Tai Shani’s Witchy Online Fantasy

“These are the Maiara, flying witches commemorated in local mythology on Alicudi, a remote Italian island historically afflicted with ergot-poisoned rye crops that, when milled and made into bread, dosed the entire starving and impoverished local populace with LSD.”
Charlotte Gush, Senior Editor at Manchester International Festival (MFI), on the folklore that inspired artist Tai Shani’s contribution to MFI’s Virtual Factory

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