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Many ancient people thought epileptic seizures were proof of occult powers or oracular gifts, revealing in the epileptic a relationship to spirits of the dead or divine spirits. There is speculation, by some, that St. Paul experienced an epileptic seizure when he saw Christ. The Romans thought drinking a wounded gladiator's blood could cure epilepsy. (see Attraction of Blood) A.G.H.


Riland, George, The New Steinerbooks Dictionary of Paranormal, New York, Warner Books, Inc., 1980, p. 89