Shocking pictures show mass exorcism in Ethiopia where 150 people paid a month’s wages for priest to ‘banish their demons’

SHOCKING pictures show hundreds of people taking part in a a mass exorcism to “banish demons” in Ethiopia – and paying up to one month’s salary for the privilege.

 A man gets sprayed with holy water as part of the exorcism

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A man gets sprayed with holy water as part of the exorcism

Up to 150 people waited in line at Yerer Selassie church near the capital Addis Ababa to have the exorcism ritual performed on them by Ethiopian Orthodox priest Memehir Girma Wedimu.

A man gets sprayed with holy water as part of the exorcismPictures taken by Czech photographer David Tesinsky, 28, show people being held in place as they scream when holy water is sprayed on them or a cross is placed on their forehead.

Other striking shots show a woman’s face being held as she lets out a loud shout, a priest touch a young man’s head during the ritual and hundreds of people being sprayed with holy water at once.

Tesinsky said: “People were crying, screaming and Memehir was punching them.

“Memehir was rejected by all other churches because he earned more money than the church itself.

 A woman screams out as the exorcism takes place

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A woman screams out as the exorcism takes place
 The priest performs an exorcism on a young man

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The priest performs an exorcism on a young man
 A woman is restrained as she has her evil spirits expelled in the exorcism

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A woman is restrained as she has her evil spirits expelled in the exorcism
 People wait in line to be exorcised

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People wait in line to be exorcised

“He kept asking for money – I saw one very old woman give him $100 (£76) to ‘expel’ her of demons and he still wanted more, even though $100 was most likely all she could earn in one month.

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“These exorcism rituals are usually performed if someone is not responding to modern medicine or if they are misbehaving, as it is thought they are possessed by a ‘demon spirit’ or ‘buda’.

“They must be performed by a local priest.”

The Ethiopian Orthodox church was considered the state church until the fall of Haile Selassie in 1974.

In many villages, the people have lived in fear of certain curses and demonic powers that have kept them in bondage and terror for generations.

According to a 2010 Pew Research Center study, 74 percent of Christians in Ethiopia claim to have experienced or witnessed an exorcism.

“Demon-possessed” persons are brought to a church or prayer meeting.

Often, when an ill person has not responded to modern medical treatment, the affliction is attributed to demons.

 People are doused in holy water in the mass exorcism

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People are doused in holy water in the mass exorcism
 A woman takes part in the exorcism in Ethiopia

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A woman takes part in the exorcism in Ethiopia
 Exorcisms are not an unusual event in the African country

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Exorcisms are not an unusual event in the African country
 Belief in the 'evil eye' is still widespread in the country

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Belief in the ‘evil eye’ is still widespread in the country
 The mass exorcism took place near the capital Addis Ababa

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The mass exorcism took place near the capital Addis Ababa
 Crowds wait to be exorcised

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Crowds wait to be exorcised
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Unusual or especially perverse deeds, particularly when performed in public, are believed to be a sign of possession. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church still holds remarkable sway over its worshippers.

Research carried out by Edinburgh University in November 2017 found there had been a rise in public exorcisms in recent years.

Belief in the notion of the evil eye – or buda – is widespread in the country where people are said to be empowered by an evil spirit, often with the ability to change into a hyena.


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