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exorcism

Paranormal
A ritual intended to terminate the presence or trespassing of a non-material entity or spirit in a place (a “haunting”) or a person (a “possession”). Exorcisms are performed by command or persuasion, through rituals, special prayers or symbolism, in the Roman Catholic Church by a priest with authorisation from the ordinary or other higher authority.
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Friedkin's most famous film, The Exorcist, was inspired by actual cases of demonic possession and was hailed as the scariest film of all time.
Oddly, despite this impact, as the interviews in Olson's collection reveal, the makers of The Exorcist did not expect the public to be so affected.
Eventually only exorcistic formulas that had long been in use were allowed, and more complex requirements and conditions were placed on the exorcist himself.
Evans points out in his magisterial commentary on Mark, "The tradition of Solomon as exorcist par excellence was widespread in late antiquity.
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Mr Tunnicliffe, 73, has carried out dozens of exorcisms but fears films like Emily Rose can spark hysteria among vulnerable people"I got a lot of work at Halloween after the original movie, The Exorcist, was released in the 1970s," he revealed.