Abbe Faria… and a bit of Goan-style exaggeration?


Ritanabooks.com has just announced a release of a title, Abbe Faria: The Master Hypnotist Who Charmed Napoleon. It’s by Diogo Mesana Fernandes and was released in New Delhi on October 22, 2006. Governor S C Jamir released the book at the Habitat Centre in New Delhi.

Rajat K Sharma read the excerpts from the book. Dr Yogesh Choudhury, a clinical hypnotherapist spoke on the relevance and use of Hypnosis, [“as discovered by Abbe Faria”] as a therapeutical tool today.

A press statement says: Author Diogo Fernandes spoke of the tremendous research that went into the preparation of the book. He felt that the book accurately brings out the trials and tribulations that Abbe Faria suffered during the course of his work with hypnosis. The book goes a step further to bring to life the philosophy of Abbe Faria. He felt the book must be read and debated upon.

Ritana Books publisher Rock Furtado said that the book is a not only a biography of Abbe Faria but it essentially covers the work that Abbe Faria did on the subject of past life regression and hypnotherapy from the perspective of a lay reader. The understanding and appreciation that one gets on reading the book is phenomenal, he said. And the claim:

“That Abbe Faria practiced hypnosis on Napoleon and others and got positive results, almost two centuries ago, would go a long way in bringing back this phenomenal and fascinating subject to the forefront.”

For those who might not know: Abbe Faria was born Jose Custodio de Faria on May 31,1756 to Goan parents, CaetanaVictorio de Faria and Rosa Maria de Sousa, of Candolim Village in Goa, India. A Jesuit [or so says the Press release!] priest, Abbe Faria was one of the first to study hypnosis scientifically. Faria claimed that hypnosis worked purely by the power of
suggestion, a thesis that is now accepted throughout the world.

And some more background: Faria discovered a scientific explanation for hypnotism and clairvoyance. He was also the first to propose a psychological theory for examining the phenomenon of somnambulism, giving the therapeutical suggestions in an extraordinary manner. Recognizing his contribution to the progress of medical science, Faria was made Member of the Medical Society of Marseilles-no mean achievement in those times for a non-medical person.

During his stay in Paris, he was the most talked about and written about [surely a Goan exaggeration here! –FN] subject of his time. He had praises and abuses showered upon him by newspapers in France and elsewhere. He acquired a reputation as a magnetizer and hypnotist in Marseilles.

Faria became a trusted counselor and friend of Napoleon Bonaparte. The Emperor was very impressed with Faria’s skills and vast knowledge of the esoteric science. Faria gave Napoleon the priceless French translation of Chinese manuscript The Art of War. Napoleon cherished the gift, learning from it and keeping it with him all through his victorious years. About a century later Dwight Eisenhower, the American President who made good use of it during his days as a general, bought the manuscripts.

Diogo Mesana Fernandes was born in Goa on October 9, 1942. He is a journalist and has worked with various newspapers in Mumbai and Goa. He contributes articles and stories to newspapers and magazines in Macau. His published works include The Golden Censer, Sir Richard Burton of the Thousand Nights and a Night Fame, The Goddess Who Came to Live Among Us: A Story of Mother Teresa. He lives with his wife in Macau, and has a son and a daughter.

Ritana Books describes itself as being

established in 1984 as a distribution house for books imported from the UK, USA. Gradually it has carved a niche for itself in the world of publishing. Coffee table books on Indian Air Force, published by Ritana Books, are high quality all colour publications which are available throughout the world. Recently, Ritana Books published Born Again by Dr Walter Semkiw, which became a phenomenal bestseller and a much written and talked about book in print and electronic media. The buzz on Born Again is said to be one of the highest in Indian book publishing.

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12 thoughts on “Abbe Faria… and a bit of Goan-style exaggeration?

  1. Fred,
    I hear a lot about Abe Faria and his break-through research on hypnosis.
    I tried to find his contribution to the field in the form of books, scientific papers, conference presnetations, etc.
    Can you please throw some light on this, if you have the info. please?
    How many books did he write or what are his academic contributions?
    Thanks in advance.

    Jeev

  2. L’abbé Faria n’a pas publié d’autre livre à ma connaissance ; son livre “De la cause du sommeil lucide” devait comporter à l’origine 4 tomes mais il mourut l’année même de la publication du premier volume.

    The Faria abbot did not publish of other delivers to my knowledge; its book “Of the cause of the lucid sleep” was to comprise in beginning 4 volumes but he died the year even of publication of the first volume.

  3. Frederick do have a look at my review of Fernandes’s book, when I do manage to finish it. This is one of YOUR comments which will give you some sleepless nights:

    Faria became a trusted counselor and friend of Napoleon Bonaparte. The Emperor was very impressed with Faria’s skills and vast knowledge of the esoteric science. Faria gave Napoleon the priceless French translation of Chinese manuscript The Art of War. Napoleon cherished the gift, learning from it and keeping it with him all through his victorious years. About a century later Dwight Eisenhower, the American President who made good use of it during his days as a general, bought the manuscripts.

  4. Abbe Faria a name in talks of the hypnotherapist these days certainly invites attention of the people of the world that the Science and USES of Hypnosis for positive results is NOT NEW to India and Indian people. Hypnotherapy has been practised in India for ages . In fact the new book on Abbe Faria has done a good job to introduce the Indian Hipnotist to Generation ‘jet’ Hypnotherapist and public at large

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