And we all thought movies like Poltergeist and the Exorcist were not real. Seriously, it seems that Exorcisms are not something of the past, even in Western civilizations. The NY Times reported the following story: For Catholics, Interest in Exorcism Is Revived. What I like most about what the American Bishops are doing is that they are working to figure out which requests for exorcisms are “real” and which are really about a person needing modern psychological or psychiatric care. In a way, this is a good example of the confluence of spirituality and modernity.
November 30, 2010: See Of Devils and Dybbuks for Allen Nadlers discussion about the history of spirit possession in Judaism.