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Mass hysteria breaks out in central America

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posted on Mar, 13 2009 @ 11:51 AM
They probably found out that Bush and the Royal family along with many other well ta do elitist BS artist have all bought land down there and are moving soon. If one of them where moving next to me I would be a little nuts as well.

posted on Mar, 13 2009 @ 12:12 PM
reply to post by The Undertaker

Yes, I still can't figure out how to center my avatar...

This post has nothing to do with the subject... So calm down people, we don't wan't any hysterics

There you go, I resized it for you - upload it to your media space.

[edit on 13/3/2009 by Now_Then]

posted on Mar, 13 2009 @ 12:14 PM
People are herd animals. Cultures are just large units of people. People can be effected by mental disorders that are cultural in basis. When these disorders are based on common and important cultural memes. There is a set pattern based on what the cultural expectations are, and what will happen when those cultural expectations are met or broken.

How many north american born men are afraid that women's vagina's have teeth? Not many. In Asian cultures this is actually a farily common phobia. Do groups of Japanese people go into fits of horror and want to kill people like they are being personally attacked if someone burns their flag? No. If you did it at a Republican meeting, you'd get exactly that reaction. People acting like they ARE the flag.

Could it be something germ related? Sure. Don't dismiss cultural crazy as a potential diagnosis.

posted on Mar, 14 2009 @ 09:45 PM
reply to post by Now_Then

Thanks for your help.

posted on Mar, 14 2009 @ 10:19 PM

Wonder what the vector is?

Psychosis as an airborne disease... Well, I suppose it would explain how bush got so many votes.

The same thing can happen with cults.

Parapsychologists call it contagion but since were all smarter than that lets just call it loonybacter..

posted on Mar, 14 2009 @ 10:28 PM
Scary thing is that I could see hysteria happening in any culture / group of people (given the right circumstances).

You can have rules for your behaviour, but you know when it comes down to it will you stick with them?? Or would you elbow the guy next to you in the face and join the crowd?

edit: I put those last 2 lines in my siggy line

[edit on 14/3/2009 by Now_Then]

posted on Mar, 14 2009 @ 10:34 PM
reply to post by whitewave

I gotta admit that the demonic possession thing is pretty funny. How do you rule out demonic possession?

posted on Mar, 15 2009 @ 11:59 AM

[edit] Causes

[edit] Western theories
There is no definitively known cause of grisi siknis, although there are some theories which attempt to explain its origin. Although it has no discovered organic cause, says Dennis, grisi siknis still “follow[s] the classic model for contagious disease”.[55] Dennis claims that grisi siknis is the source of the emotionally volatile Miskito culture, saying “it is clear that grisi siknis is related to emotional upset, worry, fear and general anxiety”, while microorganisms, if involved, are intermediate.[56] Dr. Ronald C. Simons, professor emeritus of psychiatry and anthropology at Michigan State University, as quoted by Nicola Ross in The Walrus magazine, upholds this argument, proposing that grisi siknis is caused by poverty and stress among the Miskito.[25] Culturally-bound syndromes, Simons says, are often strongly influenced by behavior and experience and have become a local way of expressing misfortune.[25] Dr. Wolfgang Jilek, of the University of Columbia’s psychiatry department, also quoted by Ross in The Walrus, calls culturally-bound syndromes “real” despite a general lack of evidence for organic causes.[25] They are primarily the result of trauma and stress, Jilek claims, that end in mental dissociation problems.[25] Susan Kellogg, Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Houston, says that grisi siknis is the result of the cultural “physical and emotional stresses” that Miskito women endure.[57] Ariel Shlomo, Co-Director of the Integrative Psychotherapy Center in Ramat Gan, Israel, says that such disorders are the product of the culture, delineates acceptable coping mechanisms for dealing with external or internal changes.[58] In a typical homeostatic function, Shlomo says, “ emotional or behavioral disorders in the individual are defined as such by the culture”, which culture subsequently imposes treatment in order to restore equilibrium.[58] Grisi siknis can be considered a ritualized behavior associated with the adolescent to adult transition among the Miskito, says Mark Jamieson, professor of social anthropology at the University of Manchester.[59] Girls in Miskito culture, claims Jamieson, are faced with the culturally inconsistent task of attracting a husband sexually while remaining safe and pure to maintain societal status quo.[60] The contradictory familial pressures to both protect and marry off the daughter adds to this.[61] Thus, says Shlomo, “the syndrome may be viewed as a safety valve” to maintain equilibrium between these conflicting pressures.[58] Miskito girls express transitional sexuality through the syndrome while maintaining social purity, with the culture holding the victims blameless for their actions while attacked by the disease.[58]

[edit] Grisi siknis
Symptoms of grisi siknis vary, but a distinct set of central characteristics. Most of the victims are young girls from 15 to 18 years old.

posted on Mar, 15 2009 @ 01:13 PM
This reminds me a little of the hysterical blindness exhibited by Cambodian women who had survived and escaped Pol Pots regime.
(If my memory serves me , the study was conducted in the U.S.A)

In that particular case(s) no physical cause could be found , though their own understanding of what was taking place is very telling ......

The women , having witness the depravity of the Pol Pot regime ... " cried themselves into blindness"

posted on Mar, 15 2009 @ 02:01 PM
Obviously, this is the result of someone from the US who has passed on too much of our culture... and how do you rule out demonic possession? That's easy: We have all the demons right here!


posted on Mar, 15 2009 @ 02:30 PM
My guess is they drank a contaminant in the local water table, it's probably long gone from the area by now.

There are a number of known chemicals that can induce insanity... many of them can be found in landfills seeping into the water table.

Now watch me play with this vial of quicksilver.

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