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  • The Roman Catholic church has  performed countless exorcisms,  

  • but they're not the only faith where  religious figures battle demonic possession.  

  • Are these stories tales of human madnessfraud, or something genuinely supernatural?

  • These are ten of the creepiest exorcisms  ever performed outside the Catholic Church.

  • #10. An Ancient Ritual

  • Exorcisms are rare in Judaism, and are even more  rarely performed in the modern day. But that  

  • doesn't mean Jewish people don't have their  own spirits to fear. Dybbuks aren't demons,  

  • but they are chaotic spirits that are notorious  for causing trouble - throwing objects around  

  • the home and haunting people's dreams. They  rarely enter people's bodies and possess  

  • them - but a manuscript fragment dating  back to the 1800s indicates that if the  

  • dybbuks start to get a taste for possessionthe Jewish religious authorities are prepared.

  • It all started with a death.

  • A woman named Qamar living in the middle  east had lost her husband several years back,  

  • but the widow had found love again and was ready  to move on. But her late husband wasn't. According  

  • to the manuscript, he had become a dybbuk  and possessed her. Her terrified groom-to-be  

  • brought her to the temple, where the Rabbi used  a rarely-seen prayer to bless the new family,  

  • expel the ghost, and grant protection from it in  the future. How often is this ritual used? It's  

  • a rare occurrence - but Rabbis apparently have  some demon-banishing skills in their back pocket.

  • But not every exorcist is on the level.

  • #9. A Twisted Rite

  • Islam has long had exorcism in its traditionsdating back to the early days of the faith.  

  • The rituals pioneered by Mohammed included  expelling demons and curing the possessed.  

  • Common techniques involve a sheikh placing  a hand on the possessed, reciting a prayer,  

  • and sprinkling holy water. But some radical  members practice more extreme members,  

  • and they preyed upon one desperate woman in  2004. Latifa Hachmi, a young Belgian woman,  

  • was desperate to have a baby and couldn't  solve her infertility. She met a group of  

  • exorcists who convinced her she was possessed  and needed the demons driven out of her.

  • But they had far worse intentions.

  • The exorcists, Hachmi's husbandand three women who were brought  

  • in to assist in the ritual proceeded to  put Hachmi through months of rituals,  

  • including forcing her to drink holy water. It  didn't cure her infertility - but the forced  

  • hydration filled her lungs with water  and she became ill. When she was found,  

  • she had passed away - her lungs incapable  of taking in air and her body covered in  

  • bruises. All the people who participated in the  exorcism were arrested and charged with murder,  

  • as religious authorities warned not to be  taken in by self-proclaimed miracle workers.

  • But other places still revere their  exorcists - especially after tragedy.

  • #8. A Haunted Town

  • The town of Ishinomaki, Japan was devastated in  the 2011 tsunami that was one of the country's  

  • worst disasters. And in the aftermath, people  believed something terrible was happening.  

  • Ghosts were everywhere. Traumatized  survivors suffered from horrible visions,  

  • seeing ghosts missing their heads wandering  around town. Taxi drivers became superstitious,  

  • refusing to pick up passengers in haunted  areas. And many people believed their own  

  • home was haunted by spirits - often of loved ones  who died in the tsunami but was unable to move on.

  • And one woman claimed she could help.

  • Kansho Aizawa had been performing exorcisms  for years, but her services were more in  

  • demand than ever. She was contacted byman named Shinichi Yamada who had survived,  

  • but was now experiencing disturbing things in  his home. His children were ill. He was lying  

  • in bed and felt a supernatural force  stepping on his chest. Aizawa advised  

  • him to find a proper shrine for two Buddhist  statues he had rescued during the tsunami,  

  • and the supernatural events stopped after  he relocated them. Is Aizawa truly banishing  

  • spirits from Ishinomaki? No one can say  for sure, but the locals swear by her help.

  • But much further south, an attempted  exorcism went horribly wrong.

  • #7. New Zealand Horror

  • Janet Moses was troubled. The young Maori  woman had recently lost her grandmother and  

  • had relationship problems with her partnerHer family wondered if there was something  

  • deeper going on here - and if it had to do  with a petty crime they'd committed. Some  

  • family members had stolen a lion statue fromnearby hotel, and a local Maori elder advised  

  • them that they should return the statue and  help her heal. Her family took that to mean  

  • they should perform a Makutu lifting, a Maori  exorcism ritual. There was only one problem.

  • None of the family members had any experience  in this ancient spirit-banishing ritual.

  • While the elder had blessed her, he  soon left and the family performed an  

  • improvised ritual that involved far too  much water. The carpet became soaked,  

  • family members injured Janet as they  attempted to pick the demons out of her,  

  • and eventually she died from drowning - leading  to the arrest of nine members of Moses' family.  

  • A teenage family member was also injured in the  ritual, and the trial lasted twenty-nine days  

  • and led to much debate over the religious  rite - but ultimately no one went to jail,  

  • with the coroners stating that only trained  elders should perform Makutu liftings.

  • #6. The Hidden Temple

  • In the Hindu faith, exorcisms  are an ancient tradition - and  

  • one journalist got to see them in person.

  • When Krzysztof Iwanek traveled to the Balaji  temple in 2018, he wasn't sure what to expect. The  

  • famous center of Hindu exorcisms was located two  hundred kilometers from Delhi and is named after a  

  • local deity famous for banishing spirits. Known as  “bhuts”, these beings can supposedly enter humans  

  • and put them into trances. But as he entered  the temple, without a camera and staying in  

  • the shadows, Iwanek discovered that what was going  on inside was both fascinating - and disturbing.

  • He would see things that would stay  with him for the rest of his life.

  • Those brought to the Balaji temple believed  themselves to be possessed. Some were in  

  • trances, while others were chained up. Iwanek was  shocked to find a group of people chained to the  

  • temple's back wall. He saw a woman slide down  the stairs like a snake, springing up without  

  • a bruise. The priests and the crowd watching  them performed rituals in song and dance,  

  • and the possessed individuals joined inoccasionally reacting violently as if something  

  • was pulling them back. Eventually, the woman  seemed to be free of whatever was possessing her  

  • and was released. Iwanek was puzzled, not  quite understanding what he had seen - but  

  • the lure of the Balaji temple continues to  bring the supposedly possessed to its door.

  • While most exorcisms are  Christian, not all are Catholic.

  • #5. Depression or Demons?

  • Nurse Amy Stamatis had been troubled for a whilehaving dark thoughts urging her to do harm to  

  • herself. It culminated when she fell out ofwindow at her home, leaving her paralyzed from the  

  • waist down - and leaving many people wondering if  she had jumped. She denied it, but wondered if she  

  • was going through a mental breakdown. She received  visits from religious leaders in the community -  

  • and one claimed she had another explanation for  Stamatis' disturbed thoughts and erratic behavior.

  • She saw the presence of demons in Amy Stamatis.

  • Cindy Lawson was a Pentacostal evangelist who was  known for her demon-castings, and claimed to have  

  • banished ten demons from worshippers. She visited  Stamatis - and claimed to immediately be able to  

  • see the demons surrounding her. After anointing  the injured woman with oil and saying a prayer,  

  • Lawson claimed that the demons were gone  - and Stamatis agreed. While she has no  

  • memory of the exorcism, she claims that the  thoughts that were plaguing her are now gone.  

  • Many doctors and psychologists believe  this was psychological influence rather  

  • than the supernatural, but Lawson and  Stamatis remain staunch believers.

  • But half a world away, an  exorcism took a horrible twist.

  • #4. The Tanacu Exorcism

  • In the aftermath of the collapse of the communist  government in Romania, the Romanian Orthodox  

  • church had made a comeback. But one nun who  joined the monastery in Tanacu would soon become  

  • famous - for all the wrong reasons. Maricica  Irina Cornici had a hard life before she joined,  

  • spending time in an orphanage after her  father's death. But she behaved oddly,  

  • giggling uncontrollably during mass. She was  diagnosed with schizophrenia and returned to the  

  • monastery - but her brother had another theory. He  claimed that he had seen Satan enter his sister.

  • He chose to report this to  the priest - a tragic mistake.

  • Daniel Petre Corogeanu had a checkered past  of his own, turning to the Priesthood when he  

  • didn't gain admission to law school. He had  frequent conflicts with the local diocese,  

  • and saw the exorcism as a chance to make a name  for himself. He ordered his nuns to bind Cornici's  

  • feet and hands and lock her in her room. They  would later drag her into church tied to a cross  

  • and leave her there for three days, withtowel in her mouth to keep her from screaming.  

  • They claimed to cure her - but shortly  after they brought her back to her room,  

  • she fainted and died from dehydration and  exhaustion. Corogeanu and the nuns who  

  • helped him were all arrested, with the Priest  eventually being sentenced to seven years.

  • One of the most terrifying exorcism stores  ever traces back to 19th century Germany.

  • #3. Terror in the Village

  • Gottleibin Dittus was an unassuming young  German woman in 1842, but villagers soon  

  • noticed her behaving oddly. She started  by claiming that her house was haunted,  

  • and later fell into strange trances. It would  be the start of a descent into madness for the  

  • German woman, and it would attract the attention  of one of the most famous religious scholars  

  • of the era - the Lutheran theologist Johann  Blumhardt. The fast-rising writer would visit  

  • the town and begin the process of exorcising  Dittus - but it wouldn't be an easy fight.

  • In fact, the affair would become  known as Blumhardt's Battle.

  • Dittus became violent as  soon as Blumhardt arrived,  

  • having to be restrained. It would be two years of  Blumhardt performing different exorcism rituals,  

  • which led to horrific reactions. Blumhardt's  writings would later claim that Dittus vomited  

  • objects including glass and nails. But  eventually, the demon criedJesus is  

  • the victorand was gone. Did this all happen  as claimed? No one is sure, but Blumhardt's  

  • followers believed - and it led to him starting  a new branch of Christianity. His parish grew,  

  • as did his territory, and his mission adopted  the demon's last cry as its iconic motto.

  • One British case asked...was  it murder, or possession?

  • #2. The Strange Case of Michael Taylor

  • In 1974, Michael Taylor worked as a butcher - but  the quiet West Yorkshire man had a dark side. He  

  • had an affair with the leader of a local Christian  Fellowship group, and later admitted that he felt  

  • as if there was evil in him. The local Anglican  priest watched as Taylor became more erratic,  

  • and gathered other priests to lead an exorcismIt was an all-night ceremony, and the priests  

  • believed that they had successfully banished  over forty demons from the man - including those  

  • driving him to blasphemy, lewdness, and adulteryTaylor was allowed to go home, supposedly cured.

  • But not all his demons were gone.

  • Not long after the exorcism, Taylor turned on  his wife Christine and brutally killed her. He  

  • was later seen wandering the streets, covered  with blood, and quickly arrested. But everyone  

  • knew about the exorcisms that had come beforeWas Taylor truly a killer - or had something  

  • evil been left in him? That question confused  the jury so much, they found him not guilty by  

  • reason of insanity. The possibly possessed  killer spent only four years locked up,  

  • and was released - where he's been behaving  erratically for almost fifty years since.

  • But once case fascinates  exorcism aficionados to this day.

  • #1. The Yatton Daemoniac

  • It was 1778 when Joseph Easterbrookthe Anglican vicar of Temple Church,  

  • was summoned to the small village of YattonThe subject was a tailor named George Lukins,  

  • who many in the village believed was possessedThe humble man had begun singing and screaming  

  • in ways that didn't sound human. While he had  previously been a church-going man, he had since  

  • begun acting in disturbing ways. Doctors were  unable to diagnose him, so the town had turned  

  • to the Church. And when Easterbrook questioned  Lukins, the man made a frightening claim.

  • He said there were seven demons inside him.

  • Lukins had issued a challenge. The seven demons  could only be banished by seven clergymen, and  

  • Easterbrook gathered many of his fellow Anglican  friars. Through a night of intense prayer and  

  • rituals, the clergy claimed to have banished the  demons and Lukins himself boasted he was cured.  

  • The aftermath saw the case become one of the  most documented and studied incidents of demonic  

  • possession ever - and led to much debate. Was  George Lukin a true possession case, a lunatic, or  

  • a fraud? Those who believe in demonic possessions  are still trying to find the answer to this day.

  • For more on the ultimate evil, check outHow the  Devil was Bornor watchThe Demonic Possession  

  • of the Nuns of Loudonfor a famous case that  pitted the Catholic Church against demons.

The Roman Catholic church has  performed countless exorcisms,  

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