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Ghostdancing (drug)

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Official Name




Lead Designer

Power Beings of the Spirit World

Place of Creation

The Ghostdancing drug originated in the spirit world of the animal power beings.

Variable. Ghostancing was a liquid substance of unspecified volume.

Current Owner

First appearance



Ghostdancing was the name attributed to a liquid narcotic designed to expand human consciousness. Chemically, it existed as an engineered compound with properties that impeded the pragmatic left-brain functions of its user, while simultaneously stimulating the more intuitive right brain functions. Those who imbibed the Ghostdancing drug had the ability to network their subconscious with others and share in the perception of a mystical reality commonly referred to as the Fifth World. The spirit entity known as Coyote-Old-Man once described Ghostdancing as "a medicine for the blind – a trick to teach them that the world is not as dead black as they have thought."

The strength of the Ghostdancing originated with the animal Power beings of the spirit world. In the late 1960s, the power being known as White-Buffalo-Woman took human form and manifested in the southern California regions. Her goal was to introduce the Ghostdancing to humanity in an effort to slowly peel back the effects of what she believed to be the polluted era of the Fourth World. She met a musician named Snake and became a part of his band, Fifth World Raga, under the alias Brown Mary. Through Snake, White-Buffalo-Woman was able to indoctrinate many into the ways of the Ghostdancing and helped to inspire the hippie counter-movement.

By the 1970s, the counter-culture environment began to fade away, partially due to the efforts of a secret society known as the Mammonites. White-Buffalo-Woman was captured and imprisoned, and Snake disappeared into the desert – taking the secret of the Ghostdancing with him. As human consciousness found itself slowly subverted, the magic of Ghostdancing faded away.

Twenty years later, the Ghostdancing drug found itself resurfacing in the general population. Coyote-Old-Man, took on human form, and rescued White-Buffalo-Woman as well as her child, Snot-Boy, from the Mammanites. They re-introduced Ghostdancing to the world and its effects invaded the public consciousness like a virus. As the Ghostdancing network grew more powerful, the spiritual primitivism of the Fifth World was born.


Ghostdancing could produce a variety of chemically-enhanced effects upon people who ingest it. Primarily, it intensified the capabilities of the five human senses, as well as stimulating memories, creativity and emotions. It likewise generated hallucinogenic effects similar to the psychedelic symptoms caused by Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD). People under the influence of the Ghostdancing experienced an acute sense of the spiritual world –even to the extent of being able to perceive power beings in their true form. The effects of Ghostdancing were contagious. A non-infected person could contract the same symptoms as one under the influence of Ghostdancing merely by standing within their vicinity. The Ghostdancing effects were instant and often permanent. Once an individual imbibed a sample of the narcotic, they could never again perceive the physical world around them in a stable manner.

Those under the influence of Ghostdancing manifested the ability to telepathically communicate with others and participate in a shared synergetic perception of the spiritual world.


  • Contextually, the manifestations of the Ghostdancing culture relates to the mythic traditions of the Native American Hopi tribe of the Southwestern United States.
  • The after-effects of Ghostdancing could be countered by ingesting any variety of dopamine stimulants, such as Cocaine.


  • The telepathic characters from the 1981 movie, Scanners, participated in a collective gestalt mind, similar in function to the Ghostdancing phenomenon.

See Also

Links and References

  • Laura S. DeGray, History of the Ghostdance, 1999-2000

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