Gods Demons and Spirits by Abraham Kovoor - Free ebook download as PDF File .pdf) or read book online for free. Gods, Demons and Symbols .. The identification of specific named gods and demons in Mesopotamian . beings survived in the form of a spirit or ghost. Gods, Demons and Spirits is a worthy successor to the bestseller BEGONE GODMEN. In it, Dr. Abraham Kovoor, the famed rationalist, continues his relentless.
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The gods, goddesses and demons, the motifs, symbols and religious beliefs of .. beings survived in the form of a spirit or ghost another god, probably Samaš. biblical types of angels (or spirits), whether evil or good. The spirit realm . are servants of God who minister to believers and that demons are spirits who. Apr 14, Gods Demons Spirits. Gods, Demons and Spirits is a worthy successor to the bestseller BEGONE GODMEN. In it, Dr. Abraham Kovoor, the.
The body of my wife also should not be buried. We have dedicated our bodies to the use of medical colleges on our death. I desire that my skeleton should be surrendered to Thurston College, Colombo, which I served for many years.
My eyes should be donated to an eye bank immediately after death. Publications and Kovoor's challenge[ edit ] Main article: Abraham Kovoor's challenge After his numerous encounters with god-men, astrologers, and other people who claimed to have psychic powers, Kovoor concluded that there was no objective truth to such claims. He wrote, "Nobody has and nobody ever had supernatural powers. They exist only in the pages of scriptures and sensation-mongering newspapers.
In , Kovoor announced an award of Rs.
The challenge listed 23 miracles or feats that godmen and Western mystics and performers such as Uri Geller and Jeane Dixon claimed to perform, such as reading the serial numbers from currency in sealed envelopes, materializing objects, predicting future events, converting liquids from one kind to another, and walking on water. Some sought publicity by taking on his challenge, but they forfeited the initial deposit amount.
The Sri Lankan Rationalist Association, led by Professor Carlo Fonseka , renewed the challenge in and increased the reward to one million dollars. Similar challenges have been posed by Basava Premanand and James Randi.
Legacy and criticism[ edit ] The Malayalam movie Punarjanmam , Tamil movie Maru Piravi and Telugu film Ninthakatha were made on the basis of his case diary. Kovoor Award for the Secular Artist. She conversed with Goddess Paththini during the trance states and recalled details after coming out of the trance. The trance states were induced by religious rituals. She described her own previous lives and those of her family members and attributed various current behaviour patterns to consequences of acts done during past lives.
She identified an acquaintance as her lover in a previous birth and even introduced him to her husband. She frequently conversed with him over the telephone which resulted in family conflicts.
This led to the family seeking help from a psychiatrist. Patient B was a year-old single unemployed female of Muslim religious background from an urban area. Ten months before contact with psychiatric services, she started developing possession states.
At the beginning these occurred about once a day but increased in frequency to times a day during the last month. The patient and the family believe that she is possessed by demons.
While possessed her eyes opened wide, she stretched out her hands, and screamed loudly in anger. These states lasted for about 10 minutes.
She was following an accountancy course and the family identified stressors associated with her education as the reason for the possession state. Epilepsy was considered in the differential diagnosis of this patient because of the episodic nature of the illness.
Patient C was a year-old housewife, a mother of 4 children and a Catholic by religion resident in a semiurban area. Four months previously she has attended the funeral of a known person who had died in a road traffic accident. Following this she began seeing images of the funeral and of the dead person coming out of the coffin towards her.
She was extremely distressed by it. She was generally fearful of attending funerals and avoided them whenever possible. She began seeing frightening images of figures with wide eyes.
She believed these were demons or evil spirits sent by Satan to check on her. Discussion All 3 patients' symptoms could be explained psychodynamically and the psychopathology was strongly influenced by their religious beliefs.
The patients were all Sri Lankans, but their different religious beliefs influenced their psychopathology and the understanding of their illness by the families.
All 3 patients engaged in religious rituals and exorcism ceremonies to get rid of the possession states or disturbing experiences but when there was no improvement sought help from a psychiatrist.
Buddhists believe in rebirth and sometimes children claim to recall their past births. For patient A, her family and the villagers strongly believed that people with special powers could predict the future. Her possession states were for many years adaptive as she earned a living through fortune telling as a result of special powers acquired through possession states. Later on she began recalling her past births.
This too is in keeping with her religious beliefs. Her family and the community believed that the descriptions of her past lives and those of others to be true.
Therefore we see that the content of psychopathology is strongly influenced by the patients' cultural and religious beliefs and these beliefs are also shared by others in the community. Recent trance states and recall of previous births had an underlying motive of justifying her relationship with a male. Because of the religious and cultural sanction, she was able to continue this extramarital relationship with knowledge of her husband and the community.
Whether this behaviour was fully conscious or not is open to debate. God created prophets beginning from Adam and the last prophet is the superior of all, Muhammad. According to Islam, Jinn live alongside other creatures but form a world other than that of mankind.
According to Islamic writings true Jinn possession can cause a person to have fitsand to speak in an incomprehensible language, and so forth. The possessed is unable to think or speak from his will. In case of real possession some faith-healers have the power to expel Jinn from the possessed by reciting verses from the Quran.
Patient C was a Catholic and her experiences was of Satan again influenced by her religious beliefs and shared by others in the community. Her acute anxiety and distress manifested as spirits which was influenced by her belief that the dead can appear as spirits. The Christian New Testament includes exorcism among the miracles performed by Jesus.