Disclaimer: while this has to do with christianity and the church, it's in no way meant to be demeaning or... Screw pretty words: I don't want this to turn into "Christianity/atheism/islam/budhism/pastafarism is the right/wrong religion", I'm posting this just out of curiosity and to check what other people might think about it
To the point:
I've been watching/listening to "Ain't nobody got time", the remix and... Yeah, ya'll probably know it, and I noticed at almost the end of the video they've included two videos of men who're having 'seizures' at church... Like hardcore holy muttafuckin' seizures, y'know? I also remembered this video a very good friend of mine showed me once:
For all the Slayer fans out there.
I also remembered this would happen sometimes in the church I visited regularly in Chile, during my christian time. Aswell as one or two people in the church who started speaking... Let's call it tounges. It was at least not Spanish.
So, what do you guys think about it? Anyone who'se got more knowledge on religion who might know more about this specific behaviour? Or just some opinion?
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I'm gonna assume that you're wanting to discuss the 'seizures' and 'speaking in tongues' rather than the actual dancing in that video... XD
I've actually watched a few documentaries about this sort of behavior. I've heard so many "explanations" for this stuff. Things like demons possessing the body, god possessing the body, devils being expelled from the body, etc. It almost always has something to do with some sort of possession, though, as far as I have seen. Occasionally, though, it is people claiming to have magical powers, and that behavior is some sort of proof of that. It all seems like a "HEY! LOOK AT ME! PAY ATTENTION TO ME!" sort of thing to me, though. It is pretty ridiculous if you ask me.
Mixed thoughts here too, though I strongly believe on what Ryojin says. I think also that those moments of... Holy seizureness can be caused by a temporary state of extreme euphoria
The mind is a terrible thing.
Provided you don't buy the spiritual explanation, it's fairly straight forward. The behavior is caused by extreme emotion. Heck I probably look like that when I get a new video game. What exactly makes people want to get up and flail around is going to be tough to explain. But I think this is very well within the realms of expected human behavior.
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There are people who do cryptography and language analysis, who are very good at it. There has yet to be anything consistently meaningful extracted from all the nonsense people speaking in tongues go on about. And yet we know that people can learn to imitate it after listening to short clips of it fairly easily. Oh they can't tell you what they're saying - they don't know, not anymore than I'd know if I started stringing random bits of Latin together - but they can do it well enough to fool people who speak in tongues.
Really you'd think an all powerful god could bring itself to speak somewhat more clearly.
It's just a language-like goblediegook people have learned and associated with a state of euphoria in a religious setting. You get people excited and ... they run away with themselves - like bursting into song, you can't really say you decided to do it.
Many Christian revival movements do meetings, where a charismatic speaker can agitate the listeners to a state of euphoria or psychosis. In a very intense situation, the speaker tells them to fall to the ground and they will.
But such effects do not mean it's only related to religion. That's what popular hypnosis is based on too. And for example, the Joseph Goebbels Sportpalast "Total War" speech on February 18, 1943 was described as a "spiritual mass experience". But I suppose it's easier to achieve with religious themes.
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