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Exorcists called in to help 'possessed' girls


Posted on Thursday, 14 February, 2019 | Comment icon 12 comments

Could the incident have been a case of mass hysteria ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
A government high school in India was recently at the center of an alleged possession involving 14 pupils.
The bizarre incident, which occurred in Bhimtal town of Nainital district, began when a young girl reportedly became 'possessed' and started to behave in an irrational manner.

"A class 7 student was possessed last Thursday and started doing bizarre activities like breaking chairs and shouting loudly," said principal-in-charge Chhatrapal Singh.

"When other girls tried to calm her down and offered water, the influence spread to them as well. They started shouting loudly, dancing, jumping here and there."

"They were crying loudly as they were scared looking at the other girls."

In an effort to address the problem, the village administration and school management opted to call in specialist priests to conduct 'Jagar' - a form of ancestor spirit worship.

"The girls calmed down after Jagar was conducted," said village head Madan Singh Nauliya.

"When we asked the Jagariya as to why this incident took place now and nothing of this sort happened before, he told us that often spirits remain dormant for up to 20 years."

"He said even on the buildings constructed above a graveyard, the spirits may not cause any trouble for up to 14 to 20 years and reveal themselves only later."

Source: Hindustan Times | Comments (12)

Tags: School, Possess, Exorcism, India

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by bison on 14 February, 2019, 19:38
Sounds like contagious hysteria to me. This often occurs in a school setting. One girl had an emotional outburst and triggered the same in others. The detail about dance-like movements is telling. See a link below to an article on dancing mania, a somewhat similar phenomenon, once well known in Europe. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing _mania
Comment icon #4 Posted by Myles on 14 February, 2019, 21:05
Just shows how uneducated and dumb they are.   
Comment icon #5 Posted by Rolltide on 14 February, 2019, 21:48
Who is?
Comment icon #6 Posted by bison on 14 February, 2019, 21:51
I don't see that we have any need to condemn someone for advancing a religious explanation, appropriate to the surrounding culture. Nor are sophisticated and educated persons immune to hysterical contagion. The cream of European society often reacted to 19th century composer and pianist Franz Liszt in a not-too-dissimilar manner. See the linked article, below, on 'Lizstomania'. http://listverse.com/2017/12/13/10--crazy-facts-about-lisztomania  
Comment icon #7 Posted by Black Red Devil on 15 February, 2019, 0:03
Yep, don't expect future scientists to come out of this batch of students.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Seti42 on 15 February, 2019, 0:10
It can't be kids being jerks or any number of psychological or even physical disorders. Nope. Must be the devil. Hey, witch doctors, shamen and priests need work too. I guess all of India's best and brightest scientists/doctors all live in Europe and the Americas.
Comment icon #9 Posted by acute on 15 February, 2019, 0:18
Who's to say this student isn't possessed?  Indians are more spiritual than us heathens in the West. Alternatively..... he might just be a tw*t.    
Comment icon #10 Posted by Seti42 on 15 February, 2019, 1:56
Really? Hindu is just as ignorant and backwards as the Abrahamic religions. Sure, a few of the faithful are deep and spiritual people... But like any organized religion with millions of followers, most are bigoted, greedy. self-righteous, and lazy-minded skin bags.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Myles on 15 February, 2019, 12:03
Those who would call an exorcist into the school to take care of this.
Comment icon #12 Posted by DieChecker on 15 February, 2019, 14:38
It worked didn't It? Is the ritual stupid, or the overall culture that allows for these things to happen?


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