The Ghost of Hippocrates
The ancient cult of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing, existed for approximately a thousand years and was a competitor to early Christianity. In fact, Socrates dying words were said to be a tribute to Asclepius. Alexander the Great was also said to visit the temple. Spread across the Mediterranean these healing centers would be set atop a hill in a secluded area often by a stream among trees and nature. Along the path to the temple patrons would see testimonials on placards of wood or marble in ancient Greek and Latin of those healed of various illnesses. As they approached the temple they would see a statue of Asclepius, a young bearded man, subduing a lion to sleep. The ritualized process of cleansing and seclusion would last days until they finally enter the temple. Those with clean minds and imbued with faith were instructed to enter the temples. They would be greeted by Asklipian physician priests and then guided to a ritual bathing area with chanting and drums in the background.
There was an inner chamber for the priests and an outer chamber for the patients. Once in the outer chamber healing remedies were utilized. An inventory of the patient’s physical
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