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Religions 2018, 9(11), 373; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9110373

A Mathematical Analysis of Maria Valtorta’s Mystical Writings

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Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza L. da Vinci, 32, 20133 Milan, Italy
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Istituto di Cristallografia, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IC-CNR), Via Amendola 122/O, 70126 Bari, Italy
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Received: 2 November 2018 / Revised: 13 November 2018 / Accepted: 14 November 2018 / Published: 19 November 2018
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Abstract

We have studied the very large amount of literary works written by the Italian mystic Maria Valtorta to assess similarities and differences in her writings, because she claims that most of them are due to mystical visions. We have used mathematical and statistical tools developed for specifically studying deep linguistic aspects of texts. The general trend indicates that the literary works explicitly attributable to Maria Valtorta differ significantly from her other literary works, which she claims are attributable to the alleged characters Jesus and Mary. Mathematically, they seem to have been written by different authors. The comparison with the Italian literature is very striking. A single author, namely Maria Valtorta, seems to be able to write texts so diverse as to cover the entire mathematical range (suitably defined) of the Italian literature spanning seven centuries. View Full-Text
Keywords: confidence tests; dictations; Jesus Christ; Maria Valtorta; mystics; punctuation marks; readability index; sentences; semantic index; syntactic index; text characters; Virgin Mary; visions; words; word interval confidence tests; dictations; Jesus Christ; Maria Valtorta; mystics; punctuation marks; readability index; sentences; semantic index; syntactic index; text characters; Virgin Mary; visions; words; word interval
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Matricciani, E.; De Caro, L. A Mathematical Analysis of Maria Valtorta’s Mystical Writings. Religions 2018, 9, 373.

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