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(457-58) This new layer of writing and meaning that Euclides added to his array of accounts on war graffiti marked a more radical departure from his indulgent take on the soldiers' "demoniac pages" in the 1897 chronicle.
Cotton Mather was accused by Robert Calef in 1692 of indecent conduct with a teenage female demoniac, whose breasts and stomach he stroked during the dispossession, though Mather asserted that this was a part of the ritual and was to calm her down (Delbanco 1989: 233).
She focuses on the embodiment of possession, both internally and externally, but her definition of possession performance is not exclusive to demoniacs; audiences and exorcists physically engage with and encourage demoniacs' performance.
Wrangdon, Robert and Dale Peterson, Demoniac Males: Apes and the Origin of Human Violence.
He died at thirty-nine in China, a hero's death by blood poisoning acquired while repairing the body of a patriot mangled by the fire of Japanese Imperialism, Japan being one of the allies of Adolf Hitler: the same demoniac forces that Miss Gelhorn hoped could be stopped at Madrid.
A healed "demoniac" who had been possessed by an "unclean" spirit is sent by Jesus to be his messenger in the group of ten Greek cities (the Decapolis) to the East of the Sea of Galilee.
"He represented the Devil himself before the storms of the past 60 years bereft him of his demoniac features," says Lady Meats.
In this context--which for him was a solid platform for the unfolding of what criticism saw as his "demoniac genius," by whose agency he in poetry and drama anticipated many of the problems in modern life and literature--two more factors intervened to make him lose his survival instinct: 1) for six months he was the editor of the Berliner Abendblatter, a daily periodical; its termination for him meant the loss of any means of financial sustenance; 2) in such financial dire straits, he met Henriette Vogel, a woman who was terminally ill and who begged of him to end her life, and for Kleist this constituted the last straw, the final push towards a final decision to kill himself.
Thus, his laughter takes on the tone of a "gay, demoniac gust":
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.
"I was enchanted by what I read - particularly by this detail, reported by a sober German savant: that in the suburbs of Colombo there exists, amid fairy gardens by the sea, a marvelous villa bungalow, as they say, in which a rich and eccentric Englishman maintains a sort of harem where all races of India, from the black Tamoules to the sinuous bayaderes [graceful dancers] of Lahore, and the demoniac bacchantes [devilish nudes] of Benares, are represented by perfect specimens of femininity."
Honestly, Jesus could have waited until the next day to heal either the man with the withered hand or the blind and mute demoniac. Knowing full well the fit of apoplexy it was going to cause the Pharisees, he could have politely asked the two men to come by the next day so that the interdiction against working on the Sabbath could be kept sacred.
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