Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bodily Effects of Visions

A reminder that Professor Gabor Klaniczay of the Central European University (Budapest), one of the world's leading experts in popular religion, saints' cults, magic, and witchcraft, will be speaking at Rutgers on Monday, 9 November, at 5:00 p.m., in Van Dyck Hall room 301. His presentation, "Bodily Effects of Visions: The Medieval Evidence," will treat visible marks of human interaction with the supernatural, and the uncertainty surrounding their interpretation (as mystical contact with God or as demonic), with special attention to the most famous physical mark of such contact, the stigmata.

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Nicola Masciandaro said...

"In her sleep she saw the fireplace of the house ablaze with a tremendous fire, and in the midst of the flames the dead nun was not only on fire, she was also being beaten with a hammer by two evil spirits on either side of her. While the nun lay watching the great torment that her unhappy sister was suffering, a blow of the hammer blew shards right into her eye. The burning sensation caused by the burning spark woke her up. And she realized that what she had seen in her mind she had literally felt in her body. The lesion in her eye was there to confirm the truth of her vision."
(A Monk's Confession: The Memoirs of Guibert of Nogent, trans. Paul J. Archambault [University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996], my italics)