chapter  9
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These entertainers have no hesitation in making a mystic marriage of the languages of science and religion. For most people there is, in fact, no hiatus between the miraculous and the scientific; electricity and television are their miracles. But the predominant theme of human suffering has its origins in a pretechnological age. In many periods, a mystic might furnish himself with a bed of nails or a woman have her head removed. [And this interest survives into the modern world.]

Tussaud's also adds a political lesson in very exact terms. The catalogue thus describes this contemporary object lesson: