2014-10-16 10:46:21 UTC
As some of you may know, Prof Lee Siegel, Professor of Religion at the
University of Hawaii, wrote a book on Indian hypnosis including Abbe
Faria,, which has just been published by the prestigious University of
Chicago Press and is available in paperback from Amazon India for Rs.
Prof Siegel was in Goa a while back to do research for the book and
imagined Abbe Faria as a child in the late 18th century. He read up on
everything written by the Abbe and on him. He met everyone who had done any
work on him and even pretended to be a hypnotist himself giving two bogus
performances at the Casa da Moeda and at the Internationa Centre. with the
help of a co-conspirator.
The result is an intriguing, informative and hilarious account that if
nothing else, will make the Abbe better known among those who had never
heard of him.
Most of the section on the Abbe can be read online through the link below