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Causes of divine madness (1)

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03 Religious festivals, cults, rituals and practices

4th century CE
Roman Empire
Helleno-Roman philosophers and scholars

Iamblichus, De Mysteriis 3.8.117:
But it is necessary to investigate the causes of divine madness. These are by illuminations descending from the gods, the spirits given off by them, and the full power from them which both encompasses everything in us, and entirely banishes our own conciousness and movement. The madness sends forth words, but not with the understanding of the speakers; on the contrary, it is said that they utter them with a “frenzied mouth” while wholly serving and surrendering to the unique activity of the one controlling them. Divine possession is brought to perfection by such causes, speaking generally and without precision.

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Iamblichus, De Mysteriis 3.8.117


Clarke, Dillon and Hershell 2003, 137Clarke, Emma C., John M. Dillon and Jackson P. Hershbell. Iamblichus, De Mysteriis. Translated with an Introduction and Notes. Writings from the Graeco-Roman World 4. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature 2003.

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