The Living Force
Laura said:I suspect that Smallpox is what it mutated into. There is a hemorrhagic form of smallpox that sounds exactly like the Black Death.
If I am not mistaken the official medicine posits that the small pox has been known to plague humanity for at least 10000 years. I vaguely remember reading somewhere that earliest documented victim of small pox was one of the Egyptian pharaohs as they found evidence of small pox infection on the mummy.
Of course I wonder how can they claim this with certainty if they are basing their conclusions mostly on historical description of the symptoms or skin lesions in case of the pharaoh's mummy.
Whatever the case I think you are definitely onto something. I think the officially recognized culprit - Yersinia Pestis alone is just not capable of causing deaths on such a massive scale otherwise we would witness plague outbreaks all the time, given the ubiqitousness of this bacteria.
Every since I first got familiar with viral structure and their mode of existence I am convinced they are alien life forms completely out of sync with organic life on planet earth.
Herpetoviridae or herpes virus family which contains 7 types from herpes simplex to chicken pox is particularly creepy. Hence the name, meaning in old greek 'to creep' , suggesting virus' ability to creep into the body and remain hidden until the rest of life. The virus actually hides in nerve cells.
Given its prevalence in modern human population it would really be interesting to study to which extent herpes virus modifies psyche and behavior of its hosts.
Having in mind all we know about 'puppet masters' such as toxoplasma gondi and all sorts of other mind controlling parasitic organisms from insects to fungi - who needs spirit attachments and demonic possessions to explain erratic human behavior. But I don't want to digress too much from the original topic.