Ha'aretz reported that the odd expedition may have been linked to "Jerusalem Syndrome
" - the name given to what some tourists experience when they are overwhelmed while visiting the Holy Land due to its religious significance.
While tourists to Israel sometimes suffer from 'Jerusalem syndrome
,' imagining themselves in direct contact with God, some Japanese tourists suffer from what is called the 'Paris Syndrome,' distraught at the difference between what they imagine and what they find.
is a mental state sometimes experienced by
Moment editor Nadine Kpstein recently stopped by the Cat Ranch--as Maron calls his small bungalow, populated by once-feral cats like Boomer, La Fonda and Monkey that his listeners know so well--to talk about his upbringing; the experiences in Israel that resulted in his book, The Jerusalem Syndrome
: My Life as a Reluctant Messiah; why he diagnosed himself with this fascinating ancient malady and much more.
* Excellent story on the very real psychological condition known as the Jerusalem syndrome
; the Palestinian-Israeli battle for the Holy City.
Meanwhile, Homer Simpson develops Jerusalem Syndrome
and believes that he is the messiah.
There's even something called Jerusalem Syndrome
, when otherwise healthy and sane people develop temporary psychoses, becoming convinced they are Jesus, Samson, John the Baptist, Mary, or Moses.
This past summer in Tel Aviv, I revealed to Sobol that I "needed" the English translation of his highly provocative and even scandalous play, The Jerusalem Syndrome
; at our next meeting, there he was with a copy not only of the English script but also of the published Hebrew version.
EVERY SUMMER, A FEW tourists in Jerusalem fall prey to something psychiatrists call Jerusalem syndrome
. Overwhelmed by the sight of the actual holy city, they become convinced they are biblical figures and wander the streets prophesying, often wrapped in white sheets from their hotel beds.
The bizarre dementia of those caught up in the Jerusalem syndrome
It's similar to the Jerusalem syndrome
, in which tourists are overcome by the mental weight of the city's history.