Medieval doctors believed the body contained four humors – yellow bile, black bile, blood and phlegm, which correspond to the colors yellow, black, red and white, respectively. It was believed these fluids need to be in balance for a person to be considered in good health. Many things can cause one, or more, of the humors to go out of whack, and medieval medicine focused on adjusting them back. The Bemidji State University Medieval Club will be presenting on the four humors, spiritual divination and other Halloween related lore at its third annual Halloween Event, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Hobson Memorial Union’s Viking Room.
Club members will be preforming tea leaf, tarot card and John Dee card readings, along with the art of scrying and palm reading. Presentations will be set up around the room with information on the history of Halloween, Icelandic werewolves and the lore behind jack ‘o’ lanterns for visitors to enjoy, along with candy provided by the club.