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Individual ecstatics and wider currents of religious ecstasy have left their mark at various times in all the “world” religions, and are also widely reported in anthropological and missionary studies of Third World “local” religions. This is not surprising since such ecstatic encounters are generally interpreted as the most impressive (if less uncontroversially “objective”) demonstrations of the presence of God(s) in human beings. The Word made flesh – often involving “speaking in tongues” (Glossolalia) in unintelligible languages or strange dialects –…

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Lewis, Ioan M., “Ecstasy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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