History cannon 17 | 015930
This type of cannon, the howitzer, was manufactured in an Italian workshop to be used against the central powers of Austria and Germany and Northern Italy during the First World War. This war utilized all the technological means of modern warfare except for
the atomic bomb. This howitzer was exhibited in the Italian pavilion
at the commemoration exhibit of the Centenary of Independence of Brazil in 1922. At that time, it was donated to the National Historical Museum by the King of Italy Victor Emmanuel. We easily perceive how the mechanics with their cranks and size, enabled greater firepower and mobility, thus increasing the number of victims.
The First World War (1914-1918) was a conflict initiated by European countries that reached an unprecedented proportion of involvement of nations outside the continent in the dispute for colonies and areas of influence. According to journalist José Francisco Botelho in the Brazilian magazine Superinteressante: "World War I was truly global. Between 1914 and 1918, 65 million soldiers of different languages and ethnicities faced each other in a monstrous Tower of Babel erected in the middle of trenches and barbed wire. Never a military conflict had brought together so many combatants and so many nationalities. Tied together by an intricate network of alliances, like
a group of climbers groping on the edge of the abyss, almost all countries in Europe plunged into carnage (... ) "
The four-year conflict turned death into a mathematical equation.
The effects of Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) or War Trauma are a consequence of witnessing a battlefield. This emotional situation leads to paranoias, combat flashbacks and delusions, often preventing the soldiers from living in social and family environments. Wars are overwhelming and instigate enemies to fight each other fiercely to death.
Bringing this idea to the current context, in which more than 600,000 people up to July 2020 died around the world, we can say that their immune systems have succumbed to the battle against the new Covid-19 virus. This means a state of biological warfare that affects not only the contaminated, but also the social and economic spheres of all countries.
The virus, initially known for its respiratory manifestations, is acquiring new symptoms, one of which is delirium - a serious neurological syndrome linked to many adverse results of Covid-19. Complications related to delirium include longer mechanical ventilation and the patient's hospital stays. In addition, we can expect a higher mortality rate. Published on June 3rd, 2020 in Mais Conhecer and based on French and North-American research, it asserts: “In fact, as delirium worsens, the chances of poor cognitive recovery and functional impairment increase. "
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Delirium, in Freudian theory, can be a way to fulfill a desire or sensorial awakening. In the elaboration of the smell we could not fail to include in Delirium, the thirst for economic power brought by the first colonizers in their search of fortune in this land. Creosol.
Phenolic scent, dry and dominated by the clove that sharpens taste and smell. Hallucination of the Ylang flower. Drunken. Alcohol. At Cistus Labdanum Spain we find the sweetness of honey and the bitterness of propolis as a boosting agent. It can burn. Jasmine, a fragrance that takes us into the darkness of delirium. We added the deep essence of Isobutyl salicylate to include strong masculine notes of leather present in the colonizers.
That is the cannon’s history and the reasons
it is associated with the smell Delirium in cannon #17.
These questions are bridges between you and
passages of Brazilian History - past and present.
It would be exciting to have your
contribution in the construction of an
imaginary collective smell glossary.
There is a smell that provokes you Delirium?
Try to describe it.
If madness had a smell, what would be its characteristics?
Imagine that you are a colonizer arriving in the Americas.
What smells would you encounter?