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MacDermot, Violet.

THE CULT OF THE SEER IN THE ANCIENT MIDDLE EAST.

A Contribution to Current Research on Hallucinations drawn from Coptic and other Texts. [With] SUPPLEMENT. Wellcome Institute of the History of Medicine 1971.
1st Eds. 2 vols. xii + 829pp. + xiii + 233pp. Very good in sl. rubbed d/ws., only minor wear. Publications of the Wellcome Institute of the History of Medicine, New Series, Volume XXI. Violet MacDermot studied Egyptology at University College, London, and was a board member of the Egypt Exploration Society. Bringing together various early writings on seers and their visioins, drawing mainly from the hagiographic literature of Coptic Egypt. Also commenting on the claim that experiences induced by various modern hallucinogenice techniques have some relation to those ancient seers. Chapters include The Aescetic way of life, self-isolation, self mortification, food deprivation, sleep deprivation, demonic visits, discerning spitis, dispelling evil, heavenly vistations, the death of a holy man, the journey to Paradise, death and judgement, amente, the martyr cult, salvation from death, heavenly signs, etc.
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