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Casting Out Demons - 06 Sep 2012
Casting Out Demons - 06 Sep 2012
COLOMBIA/
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September 06, 2012
Hermes Cifuentes, who is also known as "Brother Hermes", performs an exorcism on Marleny Munoz, 55, who...
LA CUMBRE, Colombia
Cifuentes performs an exorcism on Munoz, who claims to be possessed by spirits, in La Cumbre
Hermes Cifuentes, who is also known as "Brother Hermes", performs an exorcism on Marleny Munoz, 55, who claims to be possessed by spirits in La Cumbre, Valle July 7, 2012. Cifuentes says he has performed more than 35,000 exorcism rituals in the past 25 years. Picture taken July 7, 2012. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga (COLOMBIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
COLOMBIA/
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September 06, 2012
Hermes Cifuentes, who is also known as "Brother Hermes", performs an exorcism ritual on Irma Beatriz...
LA CUMBRE, Colombia
Cifuentes performs an exorcism ritual on Beatriz and Marleny, both who claim to be possessed by spirits,...
Hermes Cifuentes, who is also known as "Brother Hermes", performs an exorcism ritual on Irma Beatriz (bottom), 46, and Marleny Munoz (top), 55, both who claim to be possessed by spirits, in La Cumbre, Valle July 7, 2012. Cifuentes says he has performed more than 35,000 exorcism rituals in the past 25 years. Picture taken July 7, 2012. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga (COLOMBIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
COLOMBIA/
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September 06, 2012
Hermes Cifuentes, who is also known as "Brother Hermes", performs an exorcism on Marleny Munoz, 55, who...
LA CUMBRE, Colombia
Cifuentes performs an exorcism on Munoz, who claims to be possessed by spirits, in La Cumbre
Hermes Cifuentes, who is also known as "Brother Hermes", performs an exorcism on Marleny Munoz, 55, who claims to be possessed by spirits in La Cumbre, Valle July 7, 2012. Cifuentes says he has performed more than 35,000 exorcism rituals in the past 25 years. Picture taken July 7, 2012. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga (COLOMBIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
COLOMBIA/
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September 06, 2012
Hermes Cifuentes, who is also known as "Brother Hermes", performs an exorcism on Gisela Marulanda, 23,...
LA CUMBRE, Colombia
Cifuentes performs an exorcism on Marulanda, who claims to be possessed by spirits, in La Cumbre
Hermes Cifuentes, who is also known as "Brother Hermes", performs an exorcism on Gisela Marulanda, 23, who claims to be possessed by spirits in La Cumbre, Valle September 5, 2012. Cifuentes says he has performed more than 35,000 exorcism rituals in the past 25 years. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga (COLOMBIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
COLOMBIA/
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September 06, 2012
Hermes Cifuentes, who is also known as "Brother Hermes", performs an exorcism on Gisela Marulanda, 23,...
LA CUMBRE, Colombia
Cifuentes performs an exorcism on Marulanda, who claims to be possessed by spirits in La Cumbre
Hermes Cifuentes, who is also known as "Brother Hermes", performs an exorcism on Gisela Marulanda, 23, who claims to be possessed by spirits in La Cumbre, Valle September 5, 2012. Cifuentes says he has performed more than 35,000 exorcism rituals in the past 25 years. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga (COLOMBIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
COLOMBIA/
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September 06, 2012
Hermes Cifuentes, called "Brother Hermes", performs an exorcism to Marleny Munoz, 55, who claims to be...
LA CUMBRE, Colombia
Cifuentes, called "Brother Hermes", performs an exorcism to Marleny Munoz, 55, who claims to be possessed...
Hermes Cifuentes, called "Brother Hermes", performs an exorcism to Marleny Munoz, 55, who claims to be possessed by spirits in La Cumbre, Valle July 7, 2012. Cifuentes says he has performed more than 35,000 exorcism rituals in the past 25 years. Picture taken July 7, 2012. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga (COLOMBIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
COLOMBIA/
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September 06, 2012
Hermes Cifuentes, who is also known as "Brother Hermes", performs an exorcism on Gisela Marulanda, 23,...
LA CUMBRE, Colombia
Cifuentes performs an exorcism on Marulanda, who claims to be possessed by spirits, in La Cumbre
Hermes Cifuentes, who is also known as "Brother Hermes", performs an exorcism on Gisela Marulanda, 23, who claims to be possessed by spirits in La Cumbre, Valle September 5, 2012. Cifuentes says he has performed more than 35,000 exorcism rituals in the past 25 years. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga (COLOMBIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
COLOMBIA/
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September 06, 2012
Irma Beatriz, 46, who claims to be possessed by spirits, participates in an exorcism ritual performed...
LA CUMBRE, Colombia
Beatriz, who claims to be possessed by spirits, participates in an exorcism ritual performed by Hermes...
Irma Beatriz, 46, who claims to be possessed by spirits, participates in an exorcism ritual performed by Hermes Cifuentes (not pictured) in La Cumbre, Valle July 7, 2012. Cifuentes, who is known as "Brother Hermes", says he has performed more than 35,000 exorcism rituals in the past 25 years. Picture taken July 7, 2012 REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga (COLOMBIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
COLOMBIA/
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September 06, 2012
Irma Beatriz, 46, who claims to be possessed by spirits, holds an egg and a cross during an exorcism...
LA CUMBRE, Colombia
Beatriz, who claims to be possessed by spirits, holds an egg and a cross during an exorcism ritual performed...
Irma Beatriz, 46, who claims to be possessed by spirits, holds an egg and a cross during an exorcism ritual performed by Hermes Cifuentes in La Cumbre, Valle July 7, 2012. Cifuentes, who is also known as "Brother Hermes", says he has performed more than 35,000 exorcism rituals in the past 25 years. Picture taken July 7, 2012. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga (COLOMBIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
COLOMBIA/
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September 06, 2012
Gisela Marulanda, 23, who claims to be possessed by spirits, participates in an exorcism ritual performed...
LA CUMBRE, Colombia
Marulanda, who claims to be possessed by spirits, participates in an exorcism ritual performed by Hermes...
Gisela Marulanda, 23, who claims to be possessed by spirits, participates in an exorcism ritual performed by Hermes Cifuentes (not pictured) in La Cumbre, Valle September 5, 2012. Cifuentes, who is known as "Brother Hermes", says he has performed more than 35,000 exorcism rituals in the past 25 years. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga (COLOMBIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE ALSO SEE: GM1E89J16KP01
COLOMBIA/
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September 06, 2012
Hermes Cifuentes, who is also known as "Brother Hermes", prays after performing an exorcism on Gisela...
LA CUMBRE, Colombia
Hermes Cifuentes, who is also known as "Brother Hermes", prays after performing an exorcism in La Cumbre...
Hermes Cifuentes, who is also known as "Brother Hermes", prays after performing an exorcism on Gisela Marulanda, 23, who claims to be possessed by spirits in La Cumbre, Valle July 7, 2012. Cifuentes says he has performed more than 35,000 exorcism rituals in the past 25 years. Picture taken July 7, 2012. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga (COLOMBIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
PORTUGAL-EXORCIST/
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December 19, 2008
Parapsychologist Fernando Nogueira communicates with spirits with one of his patients in Fafe, northern...
Fafe, Portugal
Parapsychologist Fernando Nogueira communicates with spirits with one of his patients in Fafe, northern...
Parapsychologist Fernando Nogueira communicates with spirits with one of his patients in Fafe, northern Portugal December 6, 2008. Surrounded by clean hospital beds in his new Occult Sciences Centre in northern Portugal, Fernando Nogueira makes exorcism sound almost mundane. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro (PORTUGAL)
PORTUGAL-EXORCIST/
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December 19, 2008
Parapsychologist Fernando Nogueira communicates with spirits with one of his patients in Fafe, northern...
Fafe, Portugal
Parapsychologist Fernando Nogueira communicates with spirits with one of his patients in Fafe, northern...
Parapsychologist Fernando Nogueira communicates with spirits with one of his patients in Fafe, northern Portugal December 6, 2008. Surrounded by clean hospital beds in his new Occult Sciences Centre in northern Portugal, Fernando Nogueira makes exorcism sound almost mundane. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro (PORTUGAL)
PORTUGAL-EXORCIST/
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December 19, 2008
Parapsychologist Fernando Nogueira communicates with spirits with one of his patients in Fafe, northern...
Fafe, Portugal
Parapsychologist Fernando Nogueira communicates with spirits with one of his patients in Fafe, northern...
Parapsychologist Fernando Nogueira communicates with spirits with one of his patients in Fafe, northern Portugal December 6, 2008. Surrounded by clean hospital beds in his new Occult Sciences Centre in northern Portugal, Fernando Nogueira makes exorcism sound almost mundane. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro (PORTUGAL)
POPE EXORCISM
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October 13, 2005
Priests attend the first lesson of a course for aspiring Vatican exorcists at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum...
Rome, Italy
Priests attend the first lesson of a course for aspiring Vatican exorcists at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum...
Priests attend the first lesson of a course for aspiring Vatican exorcists at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum University in Rome October 13, 2005. The four-month course, called Exorcism and the Prayer of Liberation, is being offered for the second straight year to some 120 students from around the world to teach them how to tackle the demon if they should ever encounter him. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico
SPAIN/
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June 26, 2011
A man dressed in a red and yellow costume representing the devil, known as El Colacho, jumps over babies...
multiple cities, Spain
Man dressed in a red and yellow costume representing the devil, known as El Colacho, jumps over babies...
A man dressed in a red and yellow costume representing the devil, known as El Colacho, jumps over babies placed on a mattress during traditional Corpus Christi celebrations in Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos, northern Spain June 26, 2011. The northern Spanish town has for centuries chosen to protect its young from evil spirits with the unusual ritual in which a man dressed as the devil leaps over mattresses each holding four or five babies. REUTERS/Felix Ordonez (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY)
INDIA/
RTR2GMZV
July 22, 2010
A devotee who is believed to be possessed by evil spirits touches the ground after he flagellates himself...
BAREILLY, India
Devotee touches the ground while in a state of trance at the shrine of Sufi Saint Shahdaana Wali in Bareilly...
A devotee who is believed to be possessed by evil spirits touches the ground after he flagellates himself while in a state of trance at the shrine of Sufi Saint Shahdaana Wali in Bareilly, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, July 22, 2010. Devotees from all religions visit this 700-year-old shrine to seek the betterment of their family, and to ward off evil spirits by participating in diverse local invocation ceremonies.REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
INDIA/
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July 22, 2010
A devotee who is believed to be possessed by evil spirits goes into a state of trance at the shrine of...
BAREILLY, India
Devotee goes into a state of trance at the shrine of Sufi Saint Shahdaana Wali in Bareilly
A devotee who is believed to be possessed by evil spirits goes into a state of trance at the shrine of Sufi Saint Shahdaana Wali in Bareilly, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, July 22, 2010. Devotees from all religions visit this 700-year-old shrine to seek the betterment of their family, and to ward off evil spirits by participating in diverse local invocation ceremonies. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
INDIA/
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July 22, 2010
A devotee who is believed to be possessed by evil spirits goes into a state of trance as others watch...
BAREILLY, India
Devotee goes into a state of trance as others watch at the shrine of Sufi Saint Shahdaana Wali in Bareilly...
A devotee who is believed to be possessed by evil spirits goes into a state of trance as others watch at the shrine of Sufi Saint Shahdaana Wali in Bareilly, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, July 22, 2010. Devotees from all religions visit this 700-year-old shrine to seek the betterment of their family, and to ward off evil spirits by participating in diverse local invocation ceremonies. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
INDIA/
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July 22, 2010
A devotee who is believed to be possessed by evil spirits goes into a state of trance at the shrine of...
BAREILLY, India
Devotee goes into a state of trance at the shrine of Sufi Saint Shahdaana Wali in Bareilly
A devotee who is believed to be possessed by evil spirits goes into a state of trance at the shrine of Sufi Saint Shahdaana Wali in Bareilly, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, July 22, 2010. Devotees from all religions visit this 700-year-old shrine to seek the betterment of their family, and to ward off evil spirits by participating in diverse local invocation ceremonies. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
INDIA/
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July 22, 2010
A devotee who is believed to be possessed by evil spirits goes into a state of trance at the shrine of...
BAREILLY, India
Devotee goes into a state of trance at the shrine of Sufi Saint Shahdaana Wali in Bareilly
A devotee who is believed to be possessed by evil spirits goes into a state of trance at the shrine of Sufi Saint Shahdaana Wali in Bareilly in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, July 22, 2010. Devotees from all religions visit this 700-year-old shrine to seek the betterment of their family, and to ward off evil spirits by participating in diverse local invocation ceremonies. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
INDIA/
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July 22, 2010
A devotee who is believed to be possessed by evil spirits goes into a state of trance as her daughter...
BAREILLY, India
Devotee goes into a state of trance as her daughter sits next to her at the shrine of Sufi Saint Shahdaana...
A devotee who is believed to be possessed by evil spirits goes into a state of trance as her daughter sits next to her at the shrine of Sufi Saint Shahdaana Wali in Bareilly, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, July 22, 2010. Devotees from all religions visit this 700-year-old shrine to seek the betterment of their family, and to ward off evil spirits by participating in diverse local invocation ceremonies. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRAZIL/
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August 30, 2011
An Umbanda worshipper enters in a trance while standing next to the "conga," or altar, during a ritual...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
An Umbanda worshipper enters in a trance while standing next to the altar in Sao Paulo
An Umbanda worshipper enters in a trance while standing next to the "conga," or altar, during a ritual in the Vila Flavia favela in Sao Paulo, August 26, 2011. Umbanda, an Afro-Brazilian religion that combines African religions with Catholicism and local indigenous beliefs, uses rituals to induce trances in worshippers who "incorporate" the spirits of slaves born in Africa and buried in Brazil. During the ritual trances, the followers will smoke tobacco and drink alcohol, stagger like old slaves, beat their chests and prance around as prostitutes or drunks. Picture taken August 26, 2011. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
BRAZIL/
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August 30, 2011
Miria (R), known as the Holy Mother of her Umbanda religious group, helps another worshipper enter in...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Holy Mother Miria helps another worshipper enter in a trance during an Umbanda ritual in Sao Paulo
Miria (R), known as the Holy Mother of her Umbanda religious group, helps another worshipper enter in a trance during a ritual in the Vila Flavia favela in Sao Paulo, August 26, 2011. Umbanda, an Afro-Brazilian religion that combines African religions with Catholicism and local indigenous beliefs, uses rituals to induce trances in worshippers who "incorporate" the spirits of slaves born in Africa and buried in Brazil. During the ritual trances, the followers will smoke tobacco and drink alcohol, stagger like old slaves, beat their chests and prance around as prostitutes or drunks. Picture taken August 26, 2011. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
BRAZIL/
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August 30, 2011
Caio, known as Little Father in his Umbanda religious group, stands in a trance during a ritual in the...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Caio, known as Little Father in his Umbanda religious group, stands in a trance during a ritual in Sao...
Caio, known as Little Father in his Umbanda religious group, stands in a trance during a ritual in the Vila Flavia favela in Sao Paulo, August 26, 2011. Umbanda, an Afro-Brazilian religion that combines African religions with Catholicism and local indigenous beliefs, uses rituals to induce trances in worshippers who "incorporate" the spirits of slaves born in Africa and buried in Brazil. During the ritual trances, the followers will smoke tobacco and drink alcohol, stagger like old slaves, beat their chests and prance around as prostitutes or drunks. Picture taken August 26, 2011. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRAZIL/
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August 30, 2011
Caio (L) and Miria, known respectively as Little Father and Holy Mother of their Umbanda religious group,...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Caio and Miria dance while in a trance during an Umbanda ritual in Sao Paulo
Caio (L) and Miria, known respectively as Little Father and Holy Mother of their Umbanda religious group, dance while in a trance during a ritual in the Vila Flavia favela in Sao Paulo, August 26, 2011. Umbanda, an Afro-Brazilian religion that combines African religions with Catholicism and local indigenous beliefs, uses rituals to induce trances in worshippers who "incorporate" the spirits of slaves born in Africa and buried in Brazil. During the ritual trances, the followers will smoke tobacco and drink alcohol, stagger like old slaves, beat their chests and prance around as prostitutes or drunks. Picture taken August 26, 2011. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
BRAZIL/
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August 30, 2011
Caio (R) and Miria, known respectively as Little Father and Holy Mother of their Umbanda religious group,...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Caio and Miria remain in a trance during an Umbanda ritual in Sao Paulo
Caio (R) and Miria, known respectively as Little Father and Holy Mother of their Umbanda religious group, remain in a trance during a ritual in the Vila Flavia favela in Sao Paulo, August 26, 2011. Umbanda, an Afro-Brazilian religion that combines African religions with Catholicism and local indigenous beliefs, uses rituals to induce trances in worshippers who "incorporate" the spirits of slaves born in Africa and buried in Brazil. During the ritual trances, the followers will smoke tobacco and drink alcohol, stagger like old slaves, beat their chests and prance around as prostitutes or drunks. Picture taken August 26, 2011. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
BRAZIL/
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August 30, 2011
Caio (near) and Miria, known respectively as Little Father and Holy Mother of their Umbanda religious...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Caio and Miria remain in a trance during an Umbanda ritual in Sao Paulo
Caio (near) and Miria, known respectively as Little Father and Holy Mother of their Umbanda religious group, remain in a trance during a ritual in the Vila Flavia favela in Sao Paulo, August 26, 2011. Umbanda, an Afro-Brazilian religion that combines African religions with Catholicism and local indigenous beliefs, uses rituals to induce trances in worshippers who "incorporate" the spirits of slaves born in Africa and buried in Brazil. During the ritual trances, the followers will smoke tobacco and drink alcohol, stagger like old slaves, beat their chests and prance around as prostitutes or drunks. Picture taken August 26, 2011. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
BRAZIL/
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August 30, 2011
Caio (near), known as Little Father in his Umbanda religious group, embraces a worshipper who is in a...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Caio embraces a worshipper who is in a trance during an Umbanda ritual in Sao Paulo
Caio (near), known as Little Father in his Umbanda religious group, embraces a worshipper who is in a trance during a ritual in the Vila Flavia favela in Sao Paulo, August 26, 2011. Umbanda, an Afro-Brazilian religion that combines African religions with Catholicism and local indigenous beliefs, uses rituals to induce trances in worshippers who "incorporate" the spirits of slaves born in Africa and buried in Brazil. During the ritual trances, the followers will smoke tobacco and drink alcohol, stagger like old slaves, beat their chests and prance around as prostitutes or drunks. Picture taken August 26, 2011. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
CHINA/
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February 21, 2012
Performers pause before a religious ceremony, known as "Da Gui" or beating ghost, to celebrate the upcoming...
Beijing, China
Performers pause before a religious ceremony in Beijing
Performers pause before a religious ceremony, known as "Da Gui" or beating ghost, to celebrate the upcoming Tibetan New Year which starts on February 22 at Yonghegong Lama Temple February 21, 2012. The ceremony is held annually during the Tibetan New Year as it is believed to expel evil spirits from the monastery. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
CHINA/
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February 21, 2012
A Tibetan monk dressed as a ghost walks out of a toilet ahead of a religious ceremony, known as "Da Gui"...
Beijing, China
A Tibetan monk dressed as a ghost walks out of a toilet in Beijing
A Tibetan monk dressed as a ghost walks out of a toilet ahead of a religious ceremony, known as "Da Gui" or beating ghost, to celebrate the upcoming Tibetan New Year which starts on February 22 at Yonghegong Lama Temple February 21, 2012. The ceremony is held annually during the Tibetan New Year as it is believed to expel evil spirits from the monastery. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
TIBET-SPIRITS/
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August 26, 2009
Nambengya, a 47-year-old Tibetan man who serves as medium for the warrior mountain god Amyesyullha, rests...
REBKONG, China
Nambengya, a 47-year-old man who serves as medium for the warrior mountain god Amyesyullha, rests at...
Nambengya, a 47-year-old Tibetan man who serves as medium for the warrior mountain god Amyesyullha, rests after Amyesyullha left his body at the temple in Rebkong, Qinghai province, August 11, 2009. Every summer the green hills of Rebkong are home to unique celebrations during which local Tibetans believe the mountain gods visit villagers - and each other - through human mediums. Picture taken August 11, 2009. REUTERS/Christina Hu (CHINA RELIGION SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
TIBET-SPIRITS/
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August 26, 2009
A Tibetan boy has his mouth pierced with steel needles by 47-year-old Tibetan, Nambengya (R), who is...
REBKONG, China
A Tibetan boy has his mouth pierced with steel needles by 47-year-old Tibetan, Nambengya, during the...
A Tibetan boy has his mouth pierced with steel needles by 47-year-old Tibetan, Nambengya (R), who is possessed by the warrior mountain god Amyesyullha during the Lurol festival in Rebkong, Qinghai province, August 11, 2009. Tibetans in Rebkong believe the mountain gods visit villagers - and each other - through human mediums during the Lurol festival, which falls during the sixth lunar month each year. Picture taken August 11, 2009. REUTERS/Christina Hu (CHINA RELIGION SOCIETY)
INDONESIA
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March 23, 2012
Balinese children carry an Ogoh-ogoh effigy, symbolizing the evil spirit, during a ritual ahead of Nyepi...
Ubud, Indonesia
Balinese children carry an Ogoh-ogoh effigy during a ritual ahead of Nyepi in Ubud Gianyar, Bali
Balinese children carry an Ogoh-ogoh effigy, symbolizing the evil spirit, during a ritual ahead of Nyepi day in Ubud Gianyar, Bali March 21, 2012. Nyepi is a day of silence to celebrate the Balinese new year, reserved for self-reflection, where people are not allowed to use lights, light fires, work, travel nor enjoy entertainment. During Nyepi, the airport in Bali also remains closed. The only people who are allowed on the streets are the Pecalang, traditional security officials who patrol the streets to ensure that the prohibitions are being followed. Picture taken March 21, 2012. REUTERS/Beawiharta (INDONESIA - Tags: RELIGION ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
THAILAND/
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March 03, 2012
A devotee in a state of trance mimics the creatures which are tattooed on his body during the annual...
Nakhon Prathom, Thailand
A devotee in a state of trance mimics the creatures which are tattooed on his body during the annual...
A devotee in a state of trance mimics the creatures which are tattooed on his body during the annual Magic Tattoo Festival at Wat Bang Phra in Nakhon Prathom province, about 80 km (50 miles) from Bangkok March 3, 2012. Thousands of believers from across Thailand travel to the monastery to attend the annual tattoo festival to have their bodies adorned with tattoos and to pay their respects to the temple's master tattooist. They believe the tattoos have mystical powers which ward off bad luck and protect them from harm. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
HAITI/
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July 25, 2010
A voodoo believer takes part in a mass ritual at the Plain Du Nord Festival July 24, 2010. Thousands...
PLAIN DU NORD, Haiti
A voodoo believer takes part in a mass ritual at the Plain Du Nord Festival
A voodoo believer takes part in a mass ritual at the Plain Du Nord Festival July 24, 2010. Thousands of believers sacrifice animals and pray in mud pools during the festival to ask the voodoo spirits and the dead for help with money, the future and children. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (HAITI - Tags : - RELIGION SOCIETY)
HAITI/
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July 25, 2009
A Voodoo believer goes into a trance at a mass ritual during the Plain Du Nord Festival July 24, 2009....
PLAIN DU NORD, Haiti
A Voodoo believer goes into a trance at a mass ritual during the Plain Du Nord Festival
A Voodoo believer goes into a trance at a mass ritual during the Plain Du Nord Festival July 24, 2009. Thousands of believers sacrifice animals and pray in mud pools during the festival to ask the voodoo spirits for help with money, the future and children. REUTERS/ Eduardo Munoz (HAITI RELIGION SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
HAITI
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March 27, 2005
Voodoo believers help one woman who had been "mounted" or taken over by a spirit, during a ritual at...
Souvenance, UNITED STATES
Believers help woman in trance during voodoo ritual in Souvenance.
Voodoo believers help one woman who had been "mounted" or taken over by a spirit, during a ritual at the Voodoo temple compound at Souvenance, Haiti, near Gonaives, March 27, 2005. The Souvenance temple is the only temple dedicated solely to the Dahomey branch of Haitian Voodoo, and for one week beginning on Good Friday, celebrants hold rituals involving dancing, singing and offerings to the Voodoo "lwa" or spirit. Pilgrims and believers come from all over the country as well as from the U.S. and Canada. REUTERS/Daniel Morel DM/SV
NEPAL
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July 17, 2012
People carry an effigy of demon Ghantakarna as another effigy of the demon is burnt to symbolize the...
Bhaktapur, Nepal
People carry an effigy of demon Ghantakarna as another effigy of the demon is burnt to symbolize the...
People carry an effigy of demon Ghantakarna as another effigy of the demon is burnt to symbolize the destruction of evil, during the Ghantakarna festival in the ancient city of Bhaktapur July 17, 2012. According to legend, the demon is believed to "steal" children and women from their homes and localities. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
MALAYSIA/
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August 19, 2010
A man throws paper money to a burning statue of the Chinese deity "Da Shi Ye" or "Guardian God of Ghosts"...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Man throws paper money to burning statue of the Chinese deity "Da Shi Ye" or "Guardian God of Ghosts"...
A man throws paper money to a burning statue of the Chinese deity "Da Shi Ye" or "Guardian God of Ghosts" during the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival in Kajang, outside Kuala Lumpur, August 19, 2010. The Hungry Ghost Festival is celebrated during the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar, when prayers are offered to the dead and offerings of food and paper-made models of items such as televisions, refrigerators and sport cars are burnt to appease the wandering spirits. It is believed that the gates of hell are opened during the month and the dead ancestors return to visit their relatives. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SRILANKA/
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March 08, 2009
A girl walks over burning coal as part of the Dammaduwa festival celebrations in Anawatuna village, some...
ANAWATUNA, Sri Lanka
A girl walks over burning coal as part of the Dammaduwa festival celebrations in Anawatuna village
A girl walks over burning coal as part of the Dammaduwa festival celebrations in Anawatuna village, some 160 km (99 miles) south of Colombo, March 8, 2009. The festival is celebrated in Anawatuna once a year in March through the night till morning and is believed to give good fortune and prosperity to the village as well as to keep the evil spirits away. REUTERS/ Nir Elias (SRI LANKA SOCIETY RELIGION IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE)
MALAYSIA/
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October 07, 2008
Devotees walk on fire during the festival of the Nine Emperor Gods in Kuala Lumpur October 7, 2008. The...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Devotees walk on fire during the festival of the Nine Emperor Gods in Kuala Lumpur
Devotees walk on fire during the festival of the Nine Emperor Gods in Kuala Lumpur October 7, 2008. The festival is held annually on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month, when it is believed by devotees that the spirit of the Nine Emperor Gods will descend to earth and possess the spirit mediums, putting them in a trance. REUTERS/Zainal Abd Halim (MALAYSIA)
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July 26, 1998
FOR RELEASE WITH FEATURE BC-PALESTINIAN-EXORCISM - Ziad al-Tatar, a 38-year-old Palestinian exorcist,...
FOR RELEASE WITH FEATURE BC-PALESTINIAN-EXORCISM.
FOR RELEASE WITH FEATURE BC-PALESTINIAN-EXORCISM - Ziad al-Tatar, a 38-year-old Palestinian exorcist, uses a Koran placed on a man's chest and readings from the Koran piped through earphones and honey to exorcise a demon from a patient. In his spartan clinic, adorned with framed Koranic verses, Tatar admits to a steady stream of patients stricken with ailments ranging from impotence to infiltration by devils known in Arabic as Djinn.

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IVORYCOAST/
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July 16, 2007
Eponon Adjoua Messouma, 46, a priest of the traditional African Bosson religion falls into a trance during...
ANIASSUE, Ivory Coast/Cote D'Ivoire
Messouma, a priest of the traditional African Bosson religion, falls into a trance during the Ahouwe...
Eponon Adjoua Messouma, 46, a priest of the traditional African Bosson religion falls into a trance during the Ahouwe ritual purification dance in Aniassue on the eastern Ivory Coast July 15, 2007. Ahouwe is a ritual dance in Ivory Coast's eastern Akan area and in Ghana, during which followers become possessed by genies who instruct them on the preparation of natural cures. The women who practice the Bosson religion are known as Komians, spiritual mediums who claim to possess healing powers. REUTERS/ Luc Gnago
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July 16, 2007
An apprentice of the traditional Bosson religion uses her healing powers to cure a young child during...
ANIASSUE, Ivory Coast/Cote D'Ivoire
An apprentice of the traditional Bosson religion uses her healing powers to cure a young child during...
An apprentice of the traditional Bosson religion uses her healing powers to cure a young child during the Ahouwe ritual purification dance in Aniassue on the eastern Ivory Coast July 15, 2007. Ahouwe is a ritual dance in Ivory Coast's eastern Akan area and in Ghana, during which followers become possessed by genies who instruct them on the preparation of natural cures. The women who practice the Bosson religion are known as Komians, spiritual mediums who claim to possess healing powers. REUTERS/ Luc Gnago FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GF2E51T116401
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