April 18, 2013
Blogging From A to Z April Challenge Day Sixteen: P is for Possession
It seems most people's conception of what possession is like is largely confined to their exposure to movies like The Exorcism.
Of course people and even animals can be possessed. What does the possessing? Demonologists say demons are the only spirits that possess people and animals, just like the demons that possessed the single man in the New Testament before they were cast out by Jesus and then possessed a bunch of pigs. People of different religious persuasions say demons do not possess people but instead other kinds of spirits do. The point is that a possessed person might suddenly feel extremely depressed, sick, lethargic, etc. Possessed animals might act crazy but have no physiological explanation for their condition.
Some paranormal experts theorize that a building or location can become possessed, like the Stanley Hotel in The Shining. The building or land itself can throw up obstacles to people, breaking them down over time so they too become possessed. Unexplainable fires might start up, an unusual number of accidents occur in the location and other such strange events become commonplace.
Objects can be possessed as well. A possessed object might float independently in the air, move by itself, turn on and off at will, etc. Some people claim that electronics are more prone to possession than other objects, but I personally think that's born more out of a fear of technology than anything else. Sometimes possessed objects are difficult to detect. People have unknowingly brought a possessed object into their house, triggering a sleuth of paranormal events in the house that only stop once the object is removed.
The cure for possession is exorcism, which is done in a variety of ways depending on a person's religious beliefs. Some claim that exorcism is a hit-or-miss process, while others claim that the rite can actually kill the person it is supposed to help.