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Al-Farabi's Shahrud
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Persian short necked lute

Origin

Al-Farabi

Type

Shahrud

Effects

Calms the user’s soul, putting them in a tranquil sleep-like state

Downsides

The user loses all rationality and common sense, obeying anyone’s suggestions

Activation

Hearing

Collected by

Warehouse 9

Section

Morpheus-418H

Aisle

704129-3856

Shelf

85713-2644-081

Date of Collection

1536

[Source]


OriginEdit

Al-Farabi was a renowned philosopher and jurist who wrote in the areas of political philosophy, metaphysics, ethics and logic. He was also a scientist, cosmologist, and a music scholar. Al-Farabi is credited with preserving the original Greek texts and influencing many prominent philosophers, like Avicenna and Maimonides.

His treatise on the Meanings of the Intellect discussed the calming effects of music therapy upon the soul, which he personally participated in with his shahrud, a stringed instrument. Al-Farabi also thought the soul was made of four parts: the appetitive, sensitive, imaginative and rational. The latter was thought to separate humans from animals and to be the only part of the soul to survive the body’s death. However his theories suprisingly lacked internal senses such as common sense.

EffectsEdit

When heard, the listener’s soul and being will suddenly find a blissful state of peace and awareness, similar to the descriptions of Nirvana in many Buddhist scriptures and artifacts. That person will still remain awake yet their body will relax like that of REM sleep. They will be unable to move by themselves and will only move when asked or forced to. Anyone in the trance will lose all logical thought and common sense, obeying anyone’s orders without protest.

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