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Possession epidemic hits schools in Malaysia

By T.K. Randall
April 19, 2016 · Comment icon 13 comments



Several students were sent home from school. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 frwl
A strange case of mass hysteria has seen students and even teachers being pinned down by 'evil spirits'.
The incidents were reported to have occurred at several schools in Malaysia's Kota Baru region including one in which twenty female students were sent home after being 'possessed'.

In another, reports of students being overwhelmed by a pontianak, which is a type of female vampire ghost well known in Malaysian folklore, saw a further five girls being sent home.

Even one of the teachers, 32-year-old Norlelawati Ramli, claimed to have been pinned down by an unseen force while she was attempting to help a student who had been seeing demons.
The problem became so bad that education chiefs resorted to sending shamans and other religious practitioners in to the schools in an effort to cleanse the buildings of evil spirits.

But are these really cases of paranormal phenomena or is there something else going on ?

Local medicine expert Wiru Sankala believes that, far from being a case of demonic intervention, the situation is most likely to have been the result of mass hysteria - something that has been occurring increasingly often in countries such as Malaysia, Swaziland and the Philippines.

A heatwave currently being experienced in the region is also thought to be a contributing factor.

Source: Mail Online | Comments (13)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
Didn't something similar happen a few months ago? Send In Ghost Hunters International!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Nnicolette 7 years ago
This is weird how often it is happening. Mass hysteria is what you would call it but it sounds like a pretty weak explanation
Comment icon #6 Posted by third_eye 7 years ago
Well it's funny when you are on the outside looking in ... when you are in the midst of it all it ain't so much fun or games ~ Not sure why it happens or how but it does happen ... usually traumatic to the point of psychological is the best as anyone can suggest anything that is near explanatory of it all ~
Comment icon #7 Posted by BeastieRunner 7 years ago
Banning paranormal reasoning ... What would cause this?
Comment icon #8 Posted by third_eye 7 years ago
Not sure but some have suggested it may be related to : Latah, from Southeast Asia, is a condition in which abnormal behaviors result from a person experiencing shock. When surprised, the affected person typically engages in such behaviors as screaming, cursing, dancing type movements, and uncontrollable laughter.[1] It is called melatah in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia and many people, regardless of age or gender have this condition. Even though it is not dangerous, it may cause harm to the person and the people around them due to their random movements and shoutings. Latah is con... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by Eldorado 7 years ago
Well it's funny when you are on the outside looking in ... when you are in the midst of it all it ain't so much fun or games ~ Not sure why it happens or how but it does happen ... usually traumatic to the point of psychological is the best as anyone can suggest anything that is near explanatory of it all ~ It's adults putting silly superstitious claptrap into the heads of children that causes it. Terrifying children not just to amuse them but to control them. No? Like our Elders do to us.
Comment icon #10 Posted by third_eye 7 years ago
It's adults putting silly superstitious claptrap into the heads of children that causes it. Terrifying children not just to amuse them but to control them. No? Like our Elders do to us. Not quite so simple ... like 'Culture Shock' was a problem back then, this is just another aspect of certain cultures you can't just wave a magic wand over and its all rainbows and butterflies ~ Edit : While I was at the Hospital (getting my bruises and leg fixed) I did overhear some Doctors talking about this and they did mention that the current heatwave in the country might have contributed to the extent of ... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Codenwarra 7 years ago
Aldous Huxley wrote a novel about this sort of thing "The devils of Loudun" in 1952 about a well known incident in 17th century France, also dramatised in the 1960s as a play and a movie in 1971. One of the central figures, Fr. Urbain Grandier was burnt at the stake in 1634 over it. Mass hysteria in a convent was the problem.
Comment icon #12 Posted by TheGreatBeliever 7 years ago
Sometimes I do believe some supernatural incidents/stories could be true. If not y r some public buildings/places or rooms closed? Not forgetting these r handled by proper officials..
Comment icon #13 Posted by Vlawde 7 years ago
One kid does it, others see it and copy the behavior, either for attention (most likely) or are psyching themselves out about this...psychosomatic s


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