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This is a bronze statue of the Abbot Faria trying to hypnotize a woman in central Panjim, capital of the state of Goa,next to the Government Secretariat that was sculpted in 1945 by sculptor Ramchandra Pandurang Kamat of Madkai.

Abade Faria, or Abbe (Abbot) Jose Custodio de Faria,was born in Candolim, District of Bardez in Goa, Portuguese India, on May 31, 1746 and died in Paris on September 30, 1819.
He was one of the pioneers of the scientific study of hypnotism and Faria understood that it worked purely by the power of suggestion. In the early 19th century, Abbot Faria introduced oriental hypnosis to Paris.
In 1797 he was arrested in Marseille and taken to the infamous Chateau d'If by a law court where he was shut up in solitary confinement. While imprisoned he steadily trained himself using techniques of self-suggestion.
After a long stint in the Chateau, Faria was released and returned to Paris, where he met Alexandre Dumas, the novelist, who was so impressed with the Abbe that he used him as a character - the mad monk - in his novel, The Count of Monte Cristo.

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  • Copyright: Marilyn MC (axiotea) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2721 W: 438 N: 5487] (21651)
  • Genre: 地方
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 2006-09-13
  • Categories: 藝術
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