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Sri Lankan man dies in failed exorcism ritual

sword exorcism ritual shallow grave

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 03:04 PM

The man sacrificed a cat and was then buried in a shallow grave after  instructing onlookers to dig him out once he gave a signal of pushing a sword  he was carrying through the ground, police said.

“Even after three hours, there was no sign of the sword coming up from the grave,” a local police official told AFP.

“That is when the onlookers decided to pull him out anyway, but he was unconscious,” the unnamed official said.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 12:24 PM

Just think, they buried him, then he died, then they dug him up, then buried him again.


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 12:57 PM

The best laid plans of mice and idiots.  *sigh plus lol*


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 02:40 PM

sheesh people are so dumb.  how is burying yourself alive supposed to get rid of a demon?


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 02:46 PM

View Postminera, on 11 September 2013 - 02:40 PM, said:

sheesh people are so dumb.  how is burying yourself alive supposed to get rid of a demon?

It may not get rid of a demon but it certainly qualifies him for a Darwin Award.

Living in a technological modern civilization, we sometimes forget the primitive nonsense that goes on around the world. That said we have enough nonsense of our own to go around.


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 03:46 PM

Why did it take so long for them to dig him up? If he is covered in dirt surely people would know that he couldn't last very long!


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 04:38 PM

View Postlizzierhodes, on 11 September 2013 - 03:46 PM, said:

Why did it take so long for them to dig him up? If he is covered in dirt surely people would know that he couldn't last very long!

It appears they are not as concerned with medical certainty as with mystical promise.


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 05:24 PM

I've yet to do/see an exorcism that involves being buried alive. I would assume the spirit he was trying to exorcise killed him, because if he was low on oxygen, he would have pushed the sword up so they would unbury him. I think that whatever demons they have are quite hostile...


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:18 PM

View PostYukiEsmaElite0, on 11 September 2013 - 05:24 PM, said:

I've yet to do/see an exorcism that involves being buried alive. I would assume the spirit he was trying to exorcise killed him, because if he was low on oxygen, he would have pushed the sword up so they would unbury him. I think that whatever demons they have are quite hostile...

My unknowledgable take on this is...

He likely took some type of "trance drug" prior to burial to enable(in their religion) a more certain connection with the "spirits"

That, coupled with an increasing lack of oxygen, probably rendered him incoherent enough to be unable to "push the sword up"

Even without trance drugs, the lack of oxygen can severely disorient a person, of course even "passing out" prior to death.

EDIT: The onlookers unburied him after 3-hours. I'll bet he was already dead with 5-10 minutes.

Edited by pallidin, 11 September 2013 - 06:23 PM.


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:53 PM

Well not only did he fail to exorcise the demons haunting the home but looks like his Spirit will be haunting her place as well in addition to the demons already there.


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:57 PM

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The man sacrificed a cat...

Tiddles' revenge.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 09:30 PM

One word should some this situation up, Jackass.


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 11:16 PM

Darwinism at work..


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 11:18 PM

View Postlizzierhodes, on 11 September 2013 - 03:46 PM, said:

Why did it take so long for them to dig him up? If he is covered in dirt surely people would know that he couldn't last very long!
You're forgetting, these were the same people who thought it was a good idea to bury him in the first place.


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 11:43 PM

View PostStill Waters, on 10 September 2013 - 03:04 PM, said:

The man sacrificed a cat

...Poor kitty *sniffs





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