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Taphophobia and the magnetizer

The Magnetizer helps to free oneself from taphophobia, as with all other phobias. Before getting help, you have to understand what it is all about. Taphophobia is the phobic fear of graves and cemeteries, or in this case, of being buried alive. It seems that the fear of being buried alive gradually leaves the realm of the rational to move on to the irrational. Indeed, while the subject was long debated in the 19th century, it continues today while there are still intense debates between the limit of life and death. Yet today we identify final death with clinical death, coma, brain death with vital activities that can be maintained with medical assistance while the encephalogram is flat.

This fear of waking up buried in one's coffin or in one's family vault was commonplace thirty years ago. The reason is very simple: many people had acquaintances around them who told them stories of gravediggers. Likewise, I will be able to tell you: when I was just starting out as a magnetizer, on numerous occasions, cemetery employees told me that, when they had to lift bodies to make room, they happened to find bodies in postures leaving no doubt about their agitation in the coffin with often traces of scratches inside the coffin. One can always wonder if it was not an urban legend. It is obvious that there will always be fabricators, but for these traumatized gravediggers and by the way in which they told these facts having frightened them, the doubt was not allowed.

In 1705, the will of a priest from the diocese of Poitiers, who died in Paris, is very revealing: "for a few hours, may it please God to call me to him, I want my body to be kept as long as possible. that we can without great inconvenience and until we are perfectly assured of my death by very certain marks: not that I have much attachment to life, but because the examples of those I know who were buried alive make me all the more fearful of the sensations to which I would be exposed if I came to myself in the tomb as it happened to some of my ancestors. This fear of being buried alive has these celebrities, especially from the 19th century: the Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel and the composer Frédéric Chopin would have received this phobia from their father. But it was in the 18th century that the French were most haunted by this panic. At that time, this very old fear was revived and amplified by an accumulation of various facts relating these events for some as always apocryphal, but for others not being able to be denied.

In 1740, Jacques Bénigne Winslow, a French doctor, was one of the first to bring this morbid fear of graves and cemeteries, or of being buried alive, into a now public health issue: "If surgical experiments are fitter than any other to discover less uncertain marks of a dubious death” is the title of a thesis initially published in Latin and translated in 1742 with many comments released in 1742 by the doctor Jacques-Jean Bruhier to which he added 200 pages. In 1745, Jacques-Jean Bruhier released a second volume with an evocative title: 'dissertation on the uncertainty of the signs of death and the abuse of hasty burials and embalming'. In this work, he informs that the signs usually used to characterize death - immobility, pallor and especially absence of reaction, pulse and breath - are not significant of the death of a person. There are certainties only when there is putrefaction. This could explain why in many cultures the dead are watched over before being buried.

In 1752, a young member of the Royal Academy of Surgery, Antoine Louis, who today is best known for being one of the creators of the Louison which will be called the guillotine, published "letters on the certainty of signs of death with as subtitle this clarification directly addressed to Jacques-Jean Bruhier: where the citizens are reassured of the fear of being buried alive". He exposes a sharp decrease in premature burials and adds 2 criteria which seem to him irrefutable: flaccidity of the eye and rigor mortis. We find in wills from the beginning to the end of the 18th century the trace of taphophobia by mentioning unequivocally the apprehension of being buried alive. In 1790, Madame Suzanne Necker in her pamphlet "precipitated burials" describes these fears of being buried alive, informs about different techniques that would make it possible to ensure that death is not an illusion and relates different anecdotes of people considered dead. who regained consciousness at the burial. She received illustrious scholars of her time such as Diderot or Buffon.

In 2015, Anne Carole wrote "The high level of risk of being buried alive is basically of little importance". It's always just a matter of perspective! Burial is no longer possible without a death certificate drawn up by a doctor after sometimes an examination of the body. However, if the burial or cremation is done too quickly, (we will say) trouble can still occur. The advantage in cremation is that it will be impossible for future generations to know what really happened, with revival or not. It is perhaps for these visions of awakening in the oven of the crematorium that some seers believed they saw hell.

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