Mental Illness and The Bible

Simply 6 Minutes 

prompt: Strange but true...

People can suffer from a psychological disorder called Boanthropy that makes them believe that they are a cow. They try to live their life as a cow.

 136 words 

They say King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was struck insane, a punishment from the god of the Hebrews.  He spent years crawling around the meadows on all fours and eating grass, “as the bull.”  But, he may have been suffering from a little known, and rare, condition known as “boanthropy.”  People with this condition really believe they are cattle. 

No, this is not a joke.  Not a fake ailment, it’s an actual mental illness.  There are so many things yet to learn about our minds, and mental illnesses, researchers and specialists have only touched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to mental health. 

Many of the so-called miracle, curses, and cures in the Bible, like Nebuchadnezzar’s, may actually have been cases of mental illness.  Hallucinations, speaking to angels, or a talking donkey come to mind.

  ©2020 Lisa Smith Nelson. All Rights Reserved


  1. Wow, I can't even imagine! I have heard of some strange things and it isn't until you really search the internet that you find out how "common" you actually are! Thank you for participating!

    1. The mind can really get messed up in so many ways. Interesting prompt.


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