Morbus sacer in Africa: some religious aspects of epilepsy in traditional cultures.

@article{JilekAall1999MorbusSI,
  title={Morbus sacer in Africa: some religious aspects of epilepsy in traditional cultures.},
  author={Louise Jilek-Aall},
  journal={Epilepsia},
  year={1999},
  volume={40 3},
  pages={382-6}
}
Epilepsy when manifested as grand mal seizure provokes strong and ambivalent feelings in those witnessing it. Terms such as morbus sacer, denoting both a sacred and demoniac condition, or folk names indicating divine punishment, have expressed these feelings in European societies from antiquity to the Middle Ages and beyond. An atmosphere of fear, shame and mysticism surrounds epilepsy even in our days in many non-Western and also in Western cultures. In the course of work and studies in… CONTINUE READING