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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...of the dragon. A forcible illustration of the theory of exorcism is seen amongst the Moslem Arabs. Directly a traveller has arrived at Wady Muna, the Arabs, after pitching the tents, hasten to the ceremony of throwing stones at the Devil. This custom originated in a legend, that when Abraham arrived at Wada Muna, the Devil obstructed his passage at the entrance to the valley. St. Gabriel advised him to stone the Evil One. Abraham accordingly pelted him seven times, and drove him from his path. Again the obstruction occurred in the middle and the western extremity of the valley, but was each time driven off with stones. Over these spots three pillars have been erected, and the Arabs, gathering successively around them, cast seven stones apiece at each pillar, exclaiming, "In the name of God; God is great. We do this to secure ourselves from the Devil and his troops." The stones once thrown against the pillars are not supposed to be used again. In the early Irish Church the recital of a saint's hymn was considered a Luirech, or defence against the assaults of the Devil. The most celebrated was the Hymn of St. Patrick, known as "The Deer's Cry." Of this hymn it is said: "It is a religious armour to protect the body and soul against demons, and men, and vices. Every person who sings it every day, with all his attention on God, shall not have demons appearing to his face." The multiplication of Gospels, recited after Mass, was, in the twelfth century, used for the same purpose. Giraldus Cambrensis mentions the custom in his Gemma Ecclesiasiica, and gives the excuse of a priest for repeating it: "It is good physic, and helps to drive away ghosts, especially the beginning of the Gospel of St. John." The more

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  • English
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  • 9781236564122