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Hypnotism in India.

In an article on hypnotism'as practiced • by Indian fakirs, the following is sjiven as being related on the: authority.- of Colonel.JenkinSj then stationed at Lucknow :—" In 1877, aparty of fakirs, visited the colonel's quarters and gave* an exhibi-, tion of almost; superhuman powers. The old man threw himself while in a. sitting or*rather asquatti^ptoatuhfifinto a trance, and; his assistants: proceeded to. , place his tongue far back in his mouth. Then they, swathed.J&i: body with. 1 bandages, as a mummy,-is]prepared ioiLthe^. tomb. They filled his earuj.ieyefl^mouth, •<■• and nostrils-with paste,,and bandaged his ■ * face and neck, arms and chest, as they had done-\the- lpwerf part of the body. When this was done he was turned over - to the colonel .Mind you, all this had i been done in the presence of the colonel. and his officers. There (wacand coWd be no (deception in, it. j, rl!> j/[* J^i^i The colonel hatLhad a deep hole dug ia the bftrrack yard; and;into, this he* placed ;' the bandaged fakir, after first putting him', into a box,; sheathed with metal; jafid hermetically sealed.:-; The^earth was spread over this box,, and the grave was placed under^guard of.asquadjpffloldijßrßj Every second of the time, day and night, for forty days the grave- was ■under^guard. - The > box ?could Wot'i-have"; Been meddled , with by-any human being i and TiftTe escaped detection. At the end of that' periodvtKefbox'-wfe.exhYimedand opened, '■>"'. the body was unswathed^ and a woman ibreathed'-upon. her face and(fSjteed.her | hands over^the limbs',- and, precisely as I | have described before, the-man came to '• life, apparently none<- the* worse for his long burial. How much longer he could have remained; underground' of' 'course I cannot tell. All Lknow is that'ne certainly, was buried, and remainted there forty days without'air, food^or drink. '' -

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Hypnotism in India., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2429, 14 May 1890

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Hypnotism in India. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2429, 14 May 1890

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