I'm actually asking this for a friend of mine...
"I wasn't having good luck finding this... but someone asked me about it and I became curious. Maybe someone here knows or could find something.
I'm looking for superstitions/symbolism involving snakes and funerals. Like, if it's supposed to be any sort of omen connected to finding a snake at a funeral, or on the day someone is buried or anything like that.
Bonus points if you find something that stems from Poland or the Austria/Hungary region in general."
Does heroin ever go bad, or lose its effectiveness over time, anything like that? (If it does, how long would it take?)
Or is it as "useful" months/years down the line as it is when new?
Are there any herbs or other plant parts, that burn readily, that are in any particular way associated with funeral rituals/remembering the dead/etc.? Strong preference for ones that grow in a temperate climate.
Failing that, or in addition, any plant bits that (with no processing other than drying and/or chopping up) burn readily and give off a particularly pleasant odor when burned? (same climate preference)
This is for the customs of a fictional world, but I'd like to know if there's anything that might fit well.
For that matter, just as a bonus, anyone happen to know of any extant customs involving burning things (besides candles or cremation-related activities) as a rememberance of the dead?
I'm currently writing a story where my main character has Tinnitus (basically known as "ringing in the ears") and suffers also from hyperacusis attacks (as researched by me -- when you can't stand high noises). I want him to gradually become mentally ill and in a fit kill someone.
The problem is i need to know if there are any connections between hearing disorders and schizophrenia or any other mental illness and if aggravated, they could really end up in murder.
Also i am very interested in the psychology of murderers, and if there are resources online, or even better, books i can look up, i'd be very appreciative. I have researched tinnitus and hyperaccusis, but am interested in the psychological, or rather psichiatric aspect of this disorders.
I have read books/websites on screenplay writing and drama, but so far I have been unable to find out if there are formatting conventions for dance performances. I'm not talking about ballet per se (I know there is a very complicated notation for the movements of the dancers), but about about writing what you might call a libretto for a musical pantomime/dance show. Think Lord of the Dance (on a much smaller scale). I am writing the "play", which functions mostly without words, and I describe where the dance numbers are placed and what they are supposed to express, I describe the sets, and I even have to give instructions to the composer. So far, I'm using the format for screenplays, but I don't know how to describe the music. In plain text? I feel like my normal prose inventory isn't enough to describe the many levels of such a production in a tidy and easy to read fashion. Help? Please?