With the late 20th century increase in tourism to the Holy Land, esp. Jerusalem, there has been a marked increase in a form of mental illness called the "Jerusalem Complex." Perfectly normal folks, average tourists, become convinced that they are a biblical figure (Christ, the Virgin Mary, etc.) as a result of the time they spend at holy sites. There is a mental hospital now outside the city that specialises in the treatment of the syndrome.
Here are some things to keep in mind about this syndrome. First, those who are victums normally are not those who are well-integrated in their faith, but are folks who have doubts or who have sinned in the past and seek redemption. Second, they will be fully convinced that they are the holy person, and will be very uncomfortable with any questions that refer to their real past. Note, however, that this does not mean they will immediatly act like the historical figure they believe they are - a person convinced they are Christ might be very hesitant to speak out for fear of crucifiction, for example. Finally, most individuals recover faster if they are removed from Jerusalem - the city itself seems to have an influence.
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