Jerusalem syndrome - new to me

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jim mcnamara
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Something really different:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middl...ert-left-trail-of-torn-bible-pages-under-rocs

Tourists sometimes display what I suppose to be some kind of delusional behavior when they visit Jerusalem and vicinity. They believe they are a biblical character and have some sort of mission, for example.

The man in the news story disappeared into the desert, leaving a trail of pages of the bible placed under rocks - sort of like the bread crumbs in the Hansel and Gretel children's tale.

40 years ago, I was part of Search and Rescue on the Navajo Reservation. We were tracking a woman from New York City who apparently was lost wandering around the Bisti. When we found her she was delusional. Thought she was a Navajo hand trembler and was trying to find the the animal diety associated with it. She did not speak Navajo, was a new Presbyterian missionary, so I don't know where she got these ideas.

At the time, I thought this was a one off thing that occurred and she was the one and only example. I guess not.

Seems to be the same deal as Jerusalem syndrome - places that have some deep meaning for people with mental issues, triggering delusions and dangerous behaviors.

https://www.blm.gov/visit/bisti-de-na-zin-wilderness
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navajo_medicine#Hand_tremblers
 

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Posty McPostface
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Perhaps the cause is simply because you're getting more susceptible* people going to places where they hope to confirm their beliefs or some Freudian subconscious desire to believe in supernatural events.

*Susceptible - could mean something along the lines of a predisposition towards magical thinking, psychosis (?), and such.
 

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