Chapter

Y2Panik

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    EXCERPT

    Millennial Mania reaches a certain peak in the ‘Jerusalem syndrome’ which exhibits eschatourism as one element in the programmatic fulfillment of prophecy. Whilst TV evangelists in the USA are exhorting viewers to sell all possessions and flock to Jerusalem, and a papal blessing is promised to those visiting the Holy Land at the beginning of the new millennium, the Israeli tourist board, security forces, and the psychiatric profession are preparing for the arrival of up to thirteen million Christian pilgrims. An abnormally high rate of psychotic disturbance is confidently anticipated, perhaps succeeded by episodes of mass suicide amongst disillusioned believers.…