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Hypnotism in Abyssinia

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 15 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:155

M. Ilg, described as a confidential adviser of His Majesty Menelek, Emperor of Abyssinia, appears to have confided to a French interviewer some curious facts as to the uses to which hypnotism is put in Abyssinia. From time to time a number of children under the age of 12 are selected for the position of labascha or detector of crime. They are believed to have the power, …

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