Essay on Movie Review of Stigmata

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Movie Review of Stigmata

I'm not a big movie watcher, in fact when I watch a movie, I rarely finish it. However, there are just a few that I've got to see. These usually include comedy, but more often mystery. About two years ago I saw a preview for the movie Stigmata. Before the previews I had never heard of stigmata, and even after this didn't know what it was. My cousin explained what stigmata were to me, and then I wanted to see the movie. Stigmata are defined as the plural of stigma; marks resembling the wounds of the crucified body of Christ, said to be supernaturally impressed on the bodies of cetain persons, especially nuns, tertiaries, and monastics (, this making a stigmatic one who receives these stigmata. The
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Probably nintey percent of the sites, that the search came up with, were useless, but by evaluating the titles and descriptions, I avoided wasting time with sites that I knew would be any help. Unfortunatly, there were some sites that I misinterpreted, nearly half of the ones I visited. There were many sites that had the exact same information under different titles. There were even a few that were described as "stigmata defined," and were literaly the definition of stigmata but nothing more. When searching I used two different searches "occurences of stigmata," and "stigmata." When I used "occurences of stigmata" the majority of the sites had nothing at all to do with stigmata. Many of them were about other paranormal activities. When I used "stigmata" in the search nearly nintey five percent of the sites were about the movie Stigmata. It was a little frustrating having to sort through all the useless sites to find the information that I could use.

What I learned: The first "documented case of stigmata didn't surface until the thirteenth century, but it is uncertain if stigmata is psychosmatic or if it is Divine Intervention, and the authenticity of many cases of stigmata are questioned. Several different web sites state St. Francis of Assissi is know as the first "true" case of stigmata (Stan Griffing, Workers for Jesus; Miracles vs. Forteana; Is Stigmata For Real?; Joe Nickell, Skeptical

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