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'Jinn' tree cut down in Maldives attack

Posted on Monday, 14 April, 2014 | Comment icon 34 comments

The true nature of these 'possessions' remains unknown. Image Credit: sxc.hu
A group of masked men targeted the tree after it had been blamed for the possession of three children.
The strange series of events took place on Thakandhoo Island in the Maldives where an otherwise innocuous tree that had been planted on school grounds 13 years ago suddenly became embroiled in controversy after a spate of 'possessions' were blamed on spirits the resided within it.

"Things went really bad last December," said one local man. "Many of those children have recovered now but there is a child who is still possessed and there is a young girl who loses consciousness whenever she walks past this tree."

Dissatisfied with the school's lack of action on the matter, a group of men decided to take matters in to their own hands and broke in to the school in the early hours of the morning to chop the tree down.

"Three masked men jumped over the school wall last night and one of them threatened the security guard with a knife," said Thakandhoo Island Council Vice President Ibrahim Saeed. "And while he held the security guard, the other two went in with a hand saw and cut down the tree."

Officials are now conducting an investigation to determine who was responsible for the attack.

Source: Minivan News | Comments (34)

Tags: Jinn, Possession, Maldives

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #25 Posted by Jyre Cayce on 15 April, 2014, 11:59
this is why I don't trust trees, there are just too many evil trees out there!
Comment icon #26 Posted by minera on 15 April, 2014, 14:54
I wonder what would happen if someone told them that since the tree is gone the evil spirits can now find a new home in their houses and posses anyone since they are not confined anymore? Sounds like mass hysteria and blaming illness on the poor tree.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Sundew on 16 April, 2014, 2:20
The fig tree in Scripture is sometimes used as a symbol for the nation Israel. It was also under the fig, Ficus religiosa that Buddha was supposedly enlightened. But the real question is did Newton really get hit on the head with an apple, I would have expected a fig with Newton.
Comment icon #28 Posted by lisaloveslilia on 17 April, 2014, 5:03
You guys are cracking me up!
Comment icon #29 Posted by MisterSuperGod on 17 April, 2014, 14:15
Sounds like a cash register. Get a priest outfit, tell them you can cleanse their city/village/mud hut for a price, say some holy-like Mumbo-Jumbo then fly before they figure out your a fraud.
Comment icon #30 Posted by ReaperS_ParadoX on 18 April, 2014, 18:04
Why do they call it a Jinn tree?
Comment icon #31 Posted by dr no on 18 April, 2014, 20:02
Surely if they had just performed an exorcism on the tree it wouldn't have needed to be cut down.Some people just don't use simple logic & common sense
Comment icon #32 Posted by DestinyRoad on 19 April, 2014, 4:14
This article sure doesn't give much information. Like why these masked men that cut the tree down believed it was capable of possessing their children. Guess one only has to look to the Jinn tree for the answer. Because like the Djinn, it is thought to hold evil spirts. Question is ~ if they believed that, why did they plant the tree on school grounds in the first place?
Comment icon #33 Posted by Azznerak the Black on 20 May, 2014, 16:43
Tree spirits possessing people? HA!!! And they think our species isn't evolved enough...
Comment icon #34 Posted by WoIverine on 20 May, 2014, 17:30
I think 'vengeful spirits' would rather inhabit something that can move around, trees would be boring.

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