Observe, my friends. . . on Socrates, for he can drink any quantity of wine and not be at all nearer being drunk.-- Alcibiades as quoted in Plato's Dialogues, Symposium 12 (212c-214e)


Belling and other Customs

Traditional holds that MacThoy put bells on the undead to alert them to their presence.  Belling continues to this day.  MacThoy are known to put bells on their Village Idiots.  The noise helps them keep track of those who are a hazard to themselves and others as well as serving as sign of shame much like pillorying without the excessive equipment.  The expression "having one's bell rung" comes from being designated the Village Idiot.



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