Religious Mania

Posted in Weird Beliefs

Introduction

While today much of us think of Britain as a largely secular country, it is founded on centuries of religious schism, upheaval and now-alien theology. From the prehistoric men who raised the menhirs of our standing stones as testament to their long-forgotten beliefes to the Gods of the Mediterranean brought to our shores by the Romans and via the complex liturgical struggles of Christianity and the waves of Judaism, Sikhism and Islamism that followed over more recent centuries, we have seen more than our fair share of episodes of heightened religious feeling.

Inevitably, against the constant broiling backdrop of religious ferment, there are times when the every day rituals of belief are overtaken by waves of anomalous behaviour. There are times when mystics, prophets, ecstatics and more flourish - and signs and portents spring forth to meet their spiritual needs.

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