The Stone that causes people to go mad

The Stone of Madness is known in the Middle Ages as the stone in people’s brains that causes them to become mentally ill.

The Madness Stone, which is seen as the reason why people lost their minds in the 15th century, was believed to come back if the brain was removed.

While the removal of the madness stone is possible by cutting the skull, this method is the variation of the oldest form of spiritual treatment, trepanning or trepanation. Trepanation is used to treat headaches and epilepsy, while the skull is punctured with a roller knife.

At the same time, this method is known to repel evil spirits, while the Madness Stone treatment was applied in the same way. The process of removing the madness from the head was depicted by the painter Hieronymus Bosch in his work tarihi The History of Madness yukarıda in which we share his photograph above.

In the picture, a man with a funnel in his head is seen carving the head of a mad man, and the woman who accompanies the event together with the man who is seen as a charlatan, and the holy book in his head is considered as a depiction of human stupidity.

When we look at the present times, both the madness stone and this painting became the subject of the 6-minute production which was selected as the best short film at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002.

In the short film Stone of Folly in the mental hospital, the extraction of the madness stone by other madmen is emphasized and the absurdity of the event is emphasized.