Demonic possession is held by many belief systems to be the control of an individual by a malevolent preternatural being. Descriptions of demonic possessions often include erased memories or personalities, convulsions, “fits” and fainting as if one were dying. Other descriptions include access to hidden knowledge (gnosis) and foreign languages, drastic changes in vocal intonation and facial structure, the sudden appearance of injuries (scratches, bite marks) or lesions, and superhuman strength. Unlike in channeling, the subject has no control over the possessing entity and so it will persist until forced to leave the victim, usually through a form of exorcism.
Many cultures and religions contain some concept of demonic possession, but the details vary considerably. The oldest references to demonic possession are from the Sumerians, who believed that all diseases of the body and mind were caused by "sickness demons" called gidim or gid-dim. The priests who practiced exorcisms in these nations were called ashipu (sorcerer) as opposed to an asu (physician) who applied bandages and salves. Many cuneiform tablets contain prayers to certain gods asking for protection from demons, while others ask the gods to expel the demons that have invaded their bodies.
On Friday, October 25, 2013, Paranormal Review Radio welcomed Brother Carlos Oliveira of California on the show for their Halloween Special. Brother Carlos performed a LIVE exorcism on-air on hosts Anthony Agate and Luci Leibfried. It was a first for the show and for both Anthony and Luci. Brother Carlos shared his thoughts, his background and talked about how an exorcism can help people with many issues affecting them.
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