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Exorcism in Christianity and Catholicism

The United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio is one of the official U.S. seminaries that treats supernatural aspects as real and even have multiple conferences that focus on divine healing. This tends to go against the common upper-middle class American Protestantism belief. Non-Catholics refer to casting out demons as “spiritual warfare and deliverance” and Catholics refer to this act as “Exorcism.”

I was taught that there are invisible and spiritual forces out there that are undetectable by any scientific instruments. It is a general Christian belief that demonic activity occurs regularly and that there is a constant battle against evil. The phenomena has been documented across cultures and across time. There are many biblical mentions of demons and exorcisms. The New Testament even commands believers to battle demons.

I was always taught that the Methodist Church has appointed people to handle deliverance or exorcisms and that they have strict guidelines about determining whether or not an exorcism is actually necessary. My father always remained adamant that the need for an exorcism is actually very rare. For the purpose of this blog post, I want to be clear that this post in based on my personal opinion gathered from information that I was taught. Please feel free to do your own research and come to your own conclusions on the subject.

The Roman Catholic Church is more commonly known for performing exorcisms. Despite what you see in the popular films, it is not done on a regular basis. The guidelines are very strict and each case is investigated thoroughly. It is very rare for an exorcism to be authorized and exorcisms are not considered a Sacrament. Unlike Christians, most Catholics believe that if a priest did not obtain special permission from the bishop, he can still perform a prayer of deliverance but it is not considered to be a full exorcism. It also does not include addressing the evil spirit directly. Therefore it is not recommended for cases of possession. However, in cases of a real possession, priests must never conduct solemn exorcisms without the permission of a bishop. They can only assist in exorcism through prayer and helping the exorcist. The only formal exorcism rites sanctioned by an established church can be found in the Ritual Romanum.

In Christianity, exorcism is better known as “casting out” or “spiritual warfare and deliverance.” It is the practice of casting out demons from someone who has been deemed to be possessed. The person who is performing the “exorcism” or “casting out” is commonly known as the exorcist. The exorcist is usually a minister, a lay person, or an individual who is believed to have special powers or skills. However, it is common for many Christians to believe that any mature Christian can perform an exorcism, not just members of clergy. Most Christians believe that the authority to cast out demons is given to them by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (also known as the Holy Trinity).

My father stressed that before determining that a person is suffering from a spiritual issue, the person should be assessed by a medical doctor to rule out any medical or psychological conditions that may be causing the symptoms they are experiencing It is also important to make sure that the person is not experiencing symptoms caused by medications, alcohol or drugs.

Exorcisms should never be performed on someone who has not been properly examined by a medical doctor first.

After all medical and psychological conditions have been ruled out by a medical doctor, the “possessed person” is not labeled as “evil” or held wholly responsible for their actions. The possessed person is considered to be an unwilling person who is manipulated by a demon. This usually results in harm to self or others and for this reason, exorcism is believed to be a cure instead of a punishment. the Exorcist and their assistants must do everything possible to ensure that proper precautions are taken so that no one (including the possessed individual) is harmed during the exorcism.

The majority of exorcisms usually include at least one or more of the following: prayers, scripture, gestures, symbols, sacred or blessed religious items. God, Jesus and archangels are invoked and asked to intervene during the exorcism. My father also stressed the importance of having at least two spiritually mature adults, preferably clergy or laymen, performing the exorcism.

 

 

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any agency or religion. Recommendations within this article are only recommendations. They should not be utilized in real-world scenarios unless advised by trained and experienced persons. Assumptions made within the articles are not reflective of all Christians or Catholics or any other religious organizations. The author advises you to exercise your own judgment and to seek out your own answers through research and guidance from experienced and educated leaders. It is the authors’ opinion that there is no such thing as a demonologist and if there is, they did not take an online class to receive this certification. Demonology is not a subject to be taken lightly or without in depth study. The author also recommends that proper education and experience certifications should be requested from individuals claiming to possess such skills. No pun intended.

 

The Duppy and The Jumbee 

In the islands of the Lesser Antilles, ghosts and spirits are called the Jumbee. The Jumbee  are usually regarded as being malevolent and are also called Mendo. They are mythological spirits or demons originating in Caribbean  folklore. It is believed that people who have been evil during their lifetime are also destined to be evil (Jumbee) in death.


While I was visiting the West Indies this past September, I was able to spend time with many of the locals. Of course we discussed spiritual beliefs and I was able to participate in a few spiritual experiences.

The locals explained to me that they use the word Duppy to describe a ghost or spirit. Most of the folklore in the Caribbean involves Duppies. Duppies are generally considered to be malevolent or restless spirits and can be very harmful. They can also be sent to others by using Obeah.

Good Duppies usually appear to you in a dream as a deceased family member or friend and generally give you advice or information.

The general consensus was that Duppies speak in high pitched, nasal voices and may make you feel like your head is expanding.  You also may become unexpectedly hot.
A Duppy can be chased away by eating salt, wearing your clothes inside out, or by cursing and exposing your private parts.
Many of the locals say they have seen them at night. Three of the most malicious spirits that were described to me were: the rolling calf, three footed horse, and the old higue. The Duppy originates in Bantu folklore. A Duppy is described as a manifestation of the soul of a dead person. They can manifest as a human or animal and are generally considered to be malevolent.


In Jamaica, the word Duppy comes from African folklore and the Ashanti people. The locals explained that in Obeah, a person is believed to possess a good soul and an earthly soul. When a person dies, the earthly spirit stays on earth for three days and the good soul goes to heaven to be judged by God.


During the three days after death, the earthly spirit remains with the body in the coffin, it can escape and appear as a duppy if the proper steps are not taken.

By: Cindie Harper

 

Anchorage Putnam Villa House in Marietta Ohio

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The Anchorage is a historical home in the Harmar neighborhood of Marietta, Ohio, United States. This house is also known as the Putnam Villa, it was built in 1859 by Douglas Putnam for his wife Eliza. Douglas was the great grandson of General Israel Putnam. Douglas’ brother, David Putnam, Jr. was the leading abolitionist in Marietta. It is believed that David frequently visited the home so many people believe that the home was used as part of the Underground Railroad.One of the last private residents of the Anchorage, Eddie MacTaggert, claimed that his grandfather was active in the Underground Railroad and was told that the home was used for it. That was the main reason that Eddie wanted to purchase the home.

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In 1894, the Knox family bought the house from the Putnams. The Knox family was involved in boat building and gave the home the name of The Anchorage. From 1960 to 1986 the house served as a nursing home called The Christian Anchorage. Since 1996, the  the Washington County Historical Society has owned the home.

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There are many claims that Eliza Putnam is seen looking out of the windows of the house. There are also many rumors of tunnels and secret rooms in the house. There are tunnels in the basement of the Anchorage that lead into the surrounding hillside. Geologists and many other experts believe the tunnels were designed for drainage. Without them, the weight of the enormous house would cause the ground to slip and possibly cave in. 

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There is a tiny room directly beneath the kitchen in the basement of the Anchorage. You have to squeeze through a concealed opening to get inside. It’s little more than a large crawl space and no one has an explanation for it.

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Photos taken by Cindie Harper

 

Shadow Figure Caught on Video at Madison Seminary

The Madison Seminary in Madison, Ohio definitely does not disappoint. Myself and several other paranormal investigators conducted an overnight paranormal investigation at this active location on November 6, 2016. While we were there, Paranormal Investigator and Co-Founder of Detroit Paranormal Expeditions (DPX) Todd Bonner caught a disturbing child size shadow figure while using his iPhone. It appears to run away from me. In the video, you see Co-Founder of Detroit Paranormal Expeditions (DPX) and Paranormal Investigator Jeff Adkins sitting on the floor in the middle of the room and I am standing in the corner changing the battery of my video camera while holding a flashlight. My camera batteries kept draining more quickly than usual at this location and the battery had just died so I was in the process of changing it out and attaching the camera back onto the tripod.

The disturbing shadow can be seen appearing to run away from where I am standing. It appears to be similar to the height of a small child and runs very quickly along the wall in the light cast by my flashlight beam. The shadow looks as though it disappears into the floor.

The hair-raising video was captured in the top floor of Madison Seminary in the very same room where Maddy the haunted doll is located. As if that was not eerie enough, many people who have viewed the video agree that the shadow appears to be very similar to the type of shadow that the haunted doll casts when light is shone upon her.

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The shadow appears to manifest between the wall and myself where my flashlight beam is shining. You can see that the shadow is not caused by anything in the area and appears to move very quickly. I attempted to recreate this image as soon as Todd discovered the shadow on the video and pointed it out to me. I was unable to recreate it. We have been unable to come up with a logical explanation for the image at this time.

The Madison Seminary served as a high school, college, facility for Civil War Army nurses, The Ohio Women’s Reformatory, and a home for mentally disabled, aged or senile women.
The building is on the National Historic Register and in 1993, the building was advertised as “can be leased cheap. Caution: building may be haunted.”

Previous paranormal teams claim to have made contact with the ghost of a young boy named Steven, odd photos of orbs, disembodied voices, knocking sounds, cold spots, light anomalies, flashlight manipulation, EVP’s and personal paranormal experiences.

Shadow people are usually reported to be humanoid figures that are seen flickering on walls and ceilings in one’s peripheral vision. They are usually reported to make jerky movements and to move very quickly. Many reports claim that the shadow beings disappear into walls, mirrors, ceilings or floors. They are believed to be evil and aggressive in nature. These shadow-like apparitions are one of the most regularly reported paranormal phenomena in the United States. Some paranormal researchers believe that shadow people might be extra-dimensional inhabitants of another universe or the Islamic Jinn. They have even been compared to the Cherokee witches known as Raven Mockers. Despite shadow people being one of the most regularly reported paranormal phenomenon, it is very rare to capture these beings on camera.

Most reports of shadow people leave us no evidence to test or study and most videos or photos are worthless in regards to empiricism. In this case, we were unable to find a physical cause and we were unable to recreate the effect only minutes after this video was recorded at the same location with the same lighting conditions. Most of the time, we only have conjecture and hypothesis and my usual go-to explanation is suggesting that shadow beings are results of psychological manifestations like hypnogogia or hypnopompia. This time, it was caught on video so this explanation is not acceptable.

Most of us witnessed some form of paranormal activity at this location. We will be posting more about our experiences at this active location in the near future. If you would like to discuss this location and our experiences there, please get in touch with us. If you’d like us to be guests on your show, please contact us through social media. We’d be happy to share our experiences with you.

Most of us plan to return to Madison Seminary to conduct more paranormal research and experiments and we are very excited to do so.

Here is a link to the shadow figure video:

REAL Shadow Figure Caught on Camera at Madison Seminary

 

By: Cindie Harper

 

SUNDS: Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome

There were a disproportionate number of Hmong in America who reported night visitations by the dab tsog demon and over half of the Hmong immigrants also reported having episodes of sleep paralysis.

I have suffered from sleep paralysis several times in my life but my episodes increased after spending four days and three nights in the infamous Sallie House in Atchison Kansas. It is one of the most disturbing and terrifying feelings in the world. These experiences peaked my curiosity to find out more about the similarities between sleep paralysis and sudden unexplained nocturnal death syndrome.

During my research on this subject, I found that most Anthropologists identified the Hmong immigrant deaths attributed to the tsog tsuam demon, as sudden unexplained nocturnal death syndrome.

So where does sleep paralysis come into play in regards to SUNDS? According to some medical experts, one probably triggered the other and it is believed that the Hmong immigrants were scaring themselves to death in their sleep. They also believe that sleep paralysis reinforced the Hmong immigrants’ belief that they deserved to die. So in other words,  the negative thinking in relation to the mind-body connection creates a phenomena in which your health gets worse by focusing and thinking negatively. A self-fulfilling prophecy if you will.

We also know that beliefs are powerful. Believing in evil spirits makes them real to the believer. Those who died of SUNDS were immigrants with religious backgrounds. Interestingly enough, studies show that it did not afflict those who did not believe in spirits. Medical experts also believe that severe and ongoing stress, along with intense feelings of powerlessness could have contributed to the phenomena. Especially among people whose culture and belief system reinforces the notion that evil spirits have the power to kill men who do not fulfill their religious obligations.

I will be researching more on this subject in the near future.

By:

Cindie Harper

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Dab Tsog Demon and Tsog Tsuam Spell

Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome (SUNDS) was identified as an epidemic in the early 1980’s after many healthy male Hmong immigrants fled Communist Laos and began mysteriously dying in their sleep. These odd nocturnal deaths became that leading cause of death among healthy male Hmong immigrants who fled to the United States.

The Hmong people believed that the deaths were being caused by an ancient demon named dab tsog. The dab tsog was known to dwell in caves but would leave the caves at night to steal people’s souls by sitting on their chests and suffocating them while they sleep. This frightening experience is known as the tsog tsuam. The Hmong community believed that the only way to stop this horrible experience was through a ritual conducted by a shaman.

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There is a similar experience known to Southeast Asia. In the Phillipines, this evil demon experience is known as Bangungut. While I was living in Hawaii, I learned of this epidemic from a Fillipino family whom reportedly lost a male relative to the experience. They believed that SUNDS was responsible for killing thousands of lives since it was identified in the Phillipines in 1917. I am told that the term Bangungut means “nightmare” or “rise up loudly”. The Hawaiians refer to this phenomenon as a “Dream Disease” and it is believed to attack those of Fillipino ancestry. I found several common themes among the different cultures. Each person I spoke with reported that the experience involved sleep paralysis, a heavy weight sensation on the chest from an evil presence. It is believed that if the person is not woken during the experience, then they would die.

These occurrences seem to have many similar characteristics to the phenomena known as sleep paralysis. Unfortunately, I have experienced sleep paralysis on several occasions. It is not a pleasant experience.

Written by:

Cindie Harper

 

ZoZo Phenomena: Hoax or Hysteria

The first reported appearance of this entity occurred in 1816, when a young girl in Picardy, France fell victim to a severe demonic possession. She became the vessel for a number of demons, one of which was reportedly the mysterious Zozo (de Plancy, 1863).

Later, when Ouija boards entered popular culture in the 20th Century, stories of Zozo began to rise. There were numerous tales told of the Ouija spirit, the one who devours souls and changes lives. It’s difficult to tell which stories about Zozo are authentic and which are urban legends. Some tell of murders and suicides, while others involve possession, physical ailments, abuse, curses, and other phenomena commonly associated with demonic forces.

What is the Zozo Demon?

The Zozo demon is a demon that has been documented since the 1800s. The Zozo demon is the demon specifically associated with the Ouija Board, now referred to as the Ouija Board demon to most. This demon is said to be a “Demon of Destruction.” He is a three-headed dog demon that guards the gates of Hell. Each of his three mouths has very sharp fangs.

Zozo typically attaches his presence to unsuspecting Ouija board users. It is believed that once he attaches himself to you, it can take weeks or months before he leaves. According to many, Zozo is very intelligent and intuitive. Zozo will do everything in his power to trick those who have summoned him in order to attach his essence to their being. Some have claimed that Zozo is Lucifer himself.

When Zozo is summoned, either by accident or on purpose, some common themes are reported among Ouija users. It is reported that the planchette on the Ouija board makes a repetitive movement through the alphabet from “Z” to “O” or counts down from ten to one to announce arrival. Some people have reported that the letter “Z” will be scratched into a nearby surface or on the board itself. Many people believe that you should not go backwards in the alphabet or numbers while using a Ouija board. It is believed that demons and evil spirits use this method to open portals into our world and break through from the other side. As a result of this belief, it is believed by some that the name “Zozo” is a trick.

While researching the “Zozo” phenomenon, it was common to come across claims that “Zozo” may actually be a demon named Bahzozo from ancient Babylonian times. Upon further research, no evidence of an entity named Bahzozo could be found in any Mesopotamian belief systems. It is possible that Bahzozo might come from Pazuzu, the Babylonian demon of the wind.

Research also found that some people believe that “Zozo” could be a djinn. Djinn do not possess for the soul, they possess for pure pleasure. Other people believe that “Zozo” is actually Lola Zaza, the daughter of Aleister Crowley. Crowley was known by many as one of the most evil men in the world.  It is reported that Aleister Crowley claimed that “Zozo” also represented 666.

Among the most common beliefs surrounding the “Zozo” phenomenon is that “Zozo” (the destroyer) is a three headed dog demon who guards the gates of hell. Others believe that “Zozo” is also a version of “Zaza” who is described as the Jewish goat-like demon, Azazel.

However, not everyone believes that “ Zozo” is a demon. Many people believe that Ouija boards are fake and that it is possible that “Zozo” could be a shared experience of our human creation. According to Brunvand, word-of-mouth transmission of stories heard “from a friend of a friend” is a powerful way to spread memes.

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The Ouija board has become one of the most feared occult devices. Once this method of “communicating with spirits” was invented, the Zozo phenomenon really took off. It is reported that “Zozo” was always hanging around looking for a way to enter the Earthly plane.  It is believed that the Ouija board allowed access. Once the entrance was provided, it is believed that Zozo would torment the individual forever.

There is a paranormal researcher, Darren Evans, who has a blog called The Zozo Phenomenon. This blog documents hundreds of encounters with Zozo. Darren calls himself a “Zozologist” and states that “The fact remains that an entity or group of entities are harassing Ouija participants all over the world. Language is not a barrier. Geographical locations on earth are no barrier. It is best left alone. If you experience aggressive interaction and planchette movements while using a Ouija, take precautions. It is not just a game. Be aware of the circular patterns, and do not let it count through numbers forward or backwards thru the alphabet. Figure eights while common, can result in some type of manifestation.” (Evans, 2012)

Is the Zozo phenomenon just superstition or is it possibly a result of the ideomotor effect? Rob Schwartz’ article at Stranger Dimensions suggested that it’s possible that the Zozo phenomena could possibly be purely human inventions that rely on credulity and a blurred understanding of the line between fact and fiction.  Regardless of individual belief of Zozo’s existence, reports of Zozo continue to increase.

 

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