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In common with the anonymous victim at the centre of the 1698 case, (108) Longdon was a typical demoniac, displaying a range of symptoms readily recognisable by early modern Europeans, irrespective of social status: (109) paranormal strength; fits and trances (during which Longdon claimed to have been attacked in spectral form by Newton); the vomiting of household objects such as pins, needles, wool and straw; and an adverse reaction to the bible.
The story of the Gerasene demoniac contains an overabundance of metaphors: demons, death, unclean/wild animals, wilderness, the sea, and the abyss (Matt.
So, too, do the demoniacs (4:24; 8:16, 28, 33; 9:32; 12:22; 15:22).
There are long silences in this movie, and these are accentuated by occasional background noises, such as the neighing of a horse, the cries of demoniacs, the screams of crucified men, or the laughter of children.
When the first of the demoniacs, Nicholas Marwood, was treated by priests, `everyone in Catholic London seems to have been there at one time or another';(6) and we know from the painstaking detective work of Charles Nicholl that Marlowe's undercover work for the government - whatever its precise nature - had involved him very heavily indeed with the Catholic community in London.
Similarly important, and similarly suggestive of apocalyptic dualism with its brooding consciousness of demonic oppression, is Broadhead's observation that in the exorcisms the demoniacs play a double part in which |the roles of opponent and victim are hopelessly intertwined' (p.
When [Jesus] came to the other side, to the territory of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met Him.
The others were located in Sepphoris (Galilee), Jericho, Gadara (where the Gadarene demoniacs of Matthew 8 lived), and Amathus on the island of Cyprus.
The possibility that physicians in individual cases of demonic possession were being influenced and manipulated by the families and communities of the demoniacs has been given little consideration by historians.
They see the procedure not as a throwback to medieval times when demoniacs were put to death, but as an advance.
43) Rather, continental demoniacs preferred intellectual debate and disciplining sinful priests to attacking and murder.