It was reported that the oracle possessed unearthly powers of prophecy while under the influence of mysterious vapors emanating from the cracks in the floor of the temple. These vapors would envelop the oracle, causing the oracle to enter a hypnotic trance, and even violent physical convulsions. From out of these mysterious trances, the oracle would prophecy in an unknown spiritual language that could only be interpreted by her sacred retainers.
The violent convulsions that often accompanied the trances took a severe physical toll on generations of oracles, many of whom died very prematurely, and very young. The Oracle of Delphi is part factual history and part entertaining myth viewed from our side of the wall.
In this video, presenter Frederick Tamagi explores the mystery of The Oracle of Delphi.