posted on Mar, 13 2013 @ 04:16 AM
Um, despite the interest shown by Scorpie, the underlying document is Christian (a tad late to be "ancient"). The actual version of the
thread-title idea is also found in the canonical scriptures and genuinely ancient Christian writing. That the performance is "shape shifting" is
this hack writer's spin. How else do you sell a "book review" of a scholarly work that nobody reading this is ever going to read (at least not
before it comes out in paperback... the list price is $140 American)?
The actual gift is to appear differently to different observers. Actors do this for a living, and some of them pride themselves on their ability to do
it with little or no makeup. A good deal of "demonic possession" amateur theatrics depends on this as well. The fact is that it is easy for a human
to acquire a "different face," different enough to confound other human beings.
(Part of the "magic" is that untrained face perception involves extracting a very small amount of information from the scene that includes
the face - which is why "" even reminds us of a face. A little attention to how people perceive faces, and you, too, can become unreconized at
will. You can do it later today, if you invest in some webcrawling and practicing in a mirror.)
Jesus escaped from mobs because he had full-time, devoted and experienced young assistants, usually positioned himself well with respect to his
audience before he began speaking, and was both fleet of foot and nimble of wit. The main "different appearance" pericopes are the Transfiguation
before he was killed, and the various "failures to recognize" his resurrected form. In other words, no mobs. Escapes did not and do not depend on
thwarting facial recognition, but rather preventing physical confinement from ever being perfected.