Emants, Marcellus (1848–1923)
Dutch author and poet who took a special interest in psychical
phenomena. With the physiologist G. A. van Rijnberk,
Emants took part in experiments with the famous medium Eusapia
Palladino and became convinced of the genuineness of
her phenomena. As a result, in 1903 Emants published an article
in the Hague journal Het Vaderland proposing the foundation
of a Dutch Society for Psychical Research. However, this
did not take place at the time, and it was not until the efforts
of G. Heymans of Groningen University that such a society was
founded in 1920.
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Emants, Marcellus
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Emerald
One of the most highly esteemed precious stones, known to
ancient Egyptians, Hindus, Greeks, and Romans. In India emeralds
were used to adorn images in temples, and Moslems
used emeralds as amulets, inscribed with verses from the
Koran. Emeralds were believed to change color when surrounded
by deception and treachery. They were also believed
to be preservatives against decay, dysentery, and the bites of
venomous creatures and to promote easy childbirth. In ancient
Rome the emperor Nero was said to have had an unusually
large emerald that he used for viewing gladiatorial contests.
Presumably he was shortsighted and used it as a lens.

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