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For example, "legion" in the story of the Gerasene demoniac is a metaphorical term, meaning a large number; the "one" equaling the "many" can be explained by the fractals of chaos-complexity theory.
Hollenbach, "Jesus, Demoniacs, and Public Authorities: A Socio-Historical Study," The Journal of the American Academy of Religion 49 (1981): 567-588; Deborah Amos, "The Littlest Victims," ABC News, April 13, 1999.
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.
For an attempt to reconstruct the person behind Thomas's depiction, see Barbara Newman, "Possessed by the Spirit: Devout Women, Demoniacs, and the Apostolic Life in the Thirteenth Century," Speculum 73:3 (1998): 733-70, at 763-68.
Two illustrative cases from the late 1660s, richly documented by the demoniacs and their exorcists, might have ended in witchcraft cases had not a Jesuit confessor to the Wittelsbachs sought other explanations and contributed to the decline of spiritual physic.
The first "page of the booklet" is the discourse of the Sermon on the Mount and the second is the works of Jesus in chapters 8 and 9; that is, the curing of the leper and the centurions s servant, the calming of the sea, the cleansing of the two demoniacs.
The afflictions from which the alleged demoniacs suffered were not the classic symptoms of demonic possession, such as preternatural strength or knowledge of foreign languages one had never heard, but ailments like headaches for which natural causes could be adduced.
It was commonly believed during the Golden Age that some demoniacs had called their affliction upon themselves by reading aloud from conjuring books.