Most people have heard of an exorcism in one way or another – though it is usually because of the horror movies that focus on the topic. Nowadays, the belief of demons possessing another person sounds like something you’d only find in a movie or a novel, but a lot of people, especially those within the Catholic Church, tend to believe it is a very real possibility. The Bible, for instance, recounts six separate instances of Jesus repelling demons from within someone. Today, there aren’t many priests professionally trained in demon removal, but they do see some action. Here are ten things you probably don’t know about exorcisms.
Exorcisms as a phenomenon have been around since early times. Back in Ancient Greece, for instance, Epicurus and Aeschines were both sons of women who practiced the art of an exorcism. One was cast out for “dishonorable” practices.
The original Greek meaning for exorcism comes from the Greek word of exorkismos, which roughly translates to binding by oath. We’re unsure where the binding comes in, as priests want the demons removed, not bound to the person.