I’m listening to Richard Carrier’s On The Historicity of Jesus, with lots of great words, really good words. One is “Schizo-typal”. He’s talking about the elements of religious cults in the 1st century. One was, people who hallucinate and babble (speak in tongues), tended to get pushed to the margins, then congregated and formed these cults. More recently, in a talk from Martin Prechtel, who calls himself a shaman, talked about how his culture used to do the same. Instead of shunning these people and putting them in asylums, they would honor them and listen to their dreams and visions.
Carrier, in a very short passage, about 5 minutes, mentions that the modern world is atypical. Treating these people as sick is not what most cultures have done. Obviously I have a bias that there is something wrong with them, because that’s MY culture. OTOH, I do like hanging out with the artists and the weirdos. Carrier talks of this too. “Normals”, as he calls them, will gravitate to these groups for social or sometimes physical support, and begin to emulate the behaviors, perhaps lying about it, or maybe fooling themselves into the belief, to gain acceptance in the group. This type of faking it can be extremely difficult to study.
Not sure if I have a question or topic here, but thought you all might be interested.