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A woman with a face paint and a moon above her head.

Fig 6.6

Text: 216

It is the very moon
She comes more near
the earth Then she was wont
And makes men mad. William Shakespeare, Othello

Since Luna is seen in Roman mythology and Mithraic iconography as a divine figure, it is a reminder that the negative modern cultural stigma of mental illness was viewed differently in some ancient cultures because of the belief that hearing voices or seeing things not there was not considered lunacy but as important messages from the divine, the gods.

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