25 Things You May Not Know About Exorcism

A creepy list: 25 Things You May Not Know About Exorcism!  Most people have heard of this practice in one form or fashion. Nowadays the belief that demons exist and can possess people is more likely something you’ll find in a novel or see in a horror film than in real life.

However, the fear of demons and evil spirits has been one of the most widely held religious beliefs in the world and goes back to antiquity. Unsurprisingly, the Catholic Church still claims humans can be possessed by demons and for that matter, the Bible recounts six instances of Jesus casting them out and offers exorcisms to remedy this threat.

The idea that invading spirits are inherently evil is mainly a Judeo-Christian concept, though every religion and belief system accepts possession, in one form or another.

In the United States exorcisms declined dramatically during the eighteenth century and occurred rarely until the latter half of the twentieth century when there was a sharp rise due to the media attention exorcisms were getting.

Hollywood contributed greatly to the exorcism’s “resurrection” with mainstream films often noted as “based on a true story.” As a result there was a fifty percent increase in the number of exorcisms performed during the 1970s and what’s even more tragic is that there were several cases where the “possessed” person died during or shortly after the exorcism.

These are 25 Things You May Not Know About Exorcism. Warning: These may creep you out, so make sure you turn on the lights before you read this.

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In Islam, exorcism is called ruqya. It is used to repair the damage caused by sihr or black magic. Exorcisms today are part of a wider body of contemporary Islamic alternative medicine called al-Tibb al-Nabawi (Medicine of the Prophet).

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Beliefs and practices pertaining to the practice of exorcism are prominently connected with Hindus as well. Of the four Vedas (holy books of the Hindus), the Atharva Veda is believed to contain the secrets related to exorcism, magic, and alchemy.

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According to the Catholic Church, after the exorcism has been finished the person possessed feels a “kind of release of guilt and feels reborn and freed of sin.” Unfortunately for the patient, not all exorcisms are successful the first time and it could take days, weeks, or even months of constant prayer and exorcisms.

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Solemn exorcisms, according to the Canon Law of the Church, can be exercised only by an ordained priest (or higher prelate), with the express permission of the local bishop, and only after a careful medical examination to exclude the possibility of mental illness.

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In addition to these Vatican-sanctioned exorcists, there are hundreds of self-styled exorcists around the world.

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