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Singapore: meet father-son duo banishing demons for a prize

Anderson Lim clasped his hands tightly in a praying position as a spiritual medium made back and forth movements before him.

Lim then chanted indistinctly as the medium set a paper doll – known as a “substitute” – on fire.

The doll, dressed in a blue shirt that belonged to Lim’s brother, was part of a Taoist ritual performed to ward off bad luck.

” Recently [my brother] had a very bad fall. He missed a step and his ankle was severely fractured. He was hospitalized for two weeks, “said Lim, a 41-year-old businessman.

“I hope that after this ritual, he will be fine. I have seen too many things that cannot be explained, so there are some things that we have to believe. “

Like Lim, many Singaporeans in the modern city-state still turn to supernatural means, such as traditional spiritual mediums, for good luck, health, and prosperity.

While some of his clients seek feng shui advice for disagreements at home, others seek help when they are unlucky or have career issues, said Jeroen Chew , an exorcist and master of feng shui.

Chew joined unconventional commerce over a decade ago after hearing stories that his father Chew Hon Chin, better known as Grand Master Chew, changed the lives of many people around the world.

“My father showed me that non-Taoists and non-religious believed in him,” said Chew, 44. “When we went to the Philippines, there was a long line of people lining up to see him … And I thought to myself that this man can really do something to change people’s lives. “

For former Chew, joining the profession was more of a calling. He said he was cursed 16 years ago, and after coming out of the “spell”, it was time to help others.

“I was cursed for about 10 years. I couldn’t sleep or eat properly, my business failed and everyone thought I was crazy, “said the 72-year-old, who added that he had also attempted suicide.

“Nor did I believe in gods or spirits in the past, I only believed in myself. But one night I dreamed that someone told me that if I got out of the curse, I would need to help people the same way. “

He then created Ghostbuster.

Explaining how the name was born, young Chew said his father originally wanted to “catch ghosts,” but that the family business has since evolved to offer not only exorcism services, but also feng shui readings as well. as luck improvement and ancestral prayer services.

The company also offers ba zi reading, reading its date and time of birth, which would allow Chew to “warn customers” of things as if a conflict should arise with their superiors or their bosses.

” [The lectures] will tell them, “Today you are not in a good energy mood with your boss, you have to be careful,” said Chew, whose services are offered from 88 Australian dollars (65 US dollars).

“Some people don’t take us seriously. But like I said, we help those who want us to help. Those who don’t believe us are fine with us. “

Today, Ghostbuster has approximately 1,000 customers of different faiths. On larger events, such as the eighth day of the Lunar New Year, also known as the jade emperor’s birthday, attendance averages between 400 and 600 “followers.”

According to Chew, 70% of his clients are Christians, even if certain elements of his business are rooted in Taoism.

“We will never tell to you to change religion. We are here to solve your problem. If I solve your problem, I do something that makes you feel good, you feel better and you keep going with your life. You will not change anything, “he said.

Customers ranging from teens to those in their thirties are increasing, said Chew, representing about 60% of his clients.

Most of them ask for help when they face bad business prospects or problems with their family.

Chew added, “Some people feel that they are not reaching their maximum potential … and let’s help each client achieve the best they can in their career or family life. ”

Among those who turn to such supernatural means is Wilmer Ang, 30, who went to see a master several years ago “out of curiosity”. He later consulted with the master when he started his business and when he encountered problems at work.

“I will visit my master occasionally, either to ask for advice on my business or to love life,” said Ang, who works in the real estate industry.

He is said to carry certain objects, including precious stones, or to place “lucky charms” in his office to bring him prosperity.

Another believer, Max Tan, 35, first consulted a numerologist in his twenties. Then he thought it would be a “good idea to see what the future holds.”

During the consultation, he discovered that he had conflicting character traits and “slowly reconciled” with who he was.

Tan, who is a fashion designer, recently consulted his master again, who confirmed his decision to continue his studies.

Dhylan Boey, a professional metaphysician, who has been in the business for over 10 years, has suggested that the younger generation is more open to such practices because it has “fewer hangups” with taboos and conventions, compared to the older generation.

Boey, who specializes in numerology, crystal healing, tarot and feng shui readings, said, “My Generation Y or Generation Z clients are open to new things that may not be be validated by clinical sciences. ”

“On some level, they like to believe that some magic still exists in this world and that as young humans grappling with life problems, and discovering their purpose in life, they may also be doing part of this magic. “

Source: AsiaOne

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Vatican chief exorcist describes signs of devil obsession

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The main Catholic exorcist, father Gabriel Amort, who died in 2016, said that he had met the devil 60 thousand times in 30 years. The book of his colleague Marcello Stantsione, “The Devil is Afraid of Me,” describes priestly exorcism sessions and signs of obsession, reports the Daily Mail.

The exorcist claimed that he once encountered Satan in the morning of 1997 – then a young Italian was brought to his office in Rome. Amort noted that the possessed knew only his native language, but the spirit inside him spoke excellent English. The priest began a session of exile and demanded that the devil give his name. “He was shocked when he was told that the spirit is Lucifer himself,” the newspaper writes. When the exorcist ordered Lucifer to leave the Italian, the body of the young man tensed, ascended over the floor for several minutes, and then collapsed into a chair. After this, Satan admitted defeat and named the exact day and time when he left, Amorth said.

Father Amort became a student of the exorcist in 1986, and already in 1990 founded the International Association of Exorcists. First, he conducted sessions in the temple of the Holy Stairs, then moved to the headquarters of his order. According to Stationion, Amorth was famous for his sense of humor. “Amorth’s favorite joke was this:

“ Do you know why the devil runs away when he sees me? Because I’m uglier than him, ”” the memoir says.

The exorcist admitted that many of the people who came to him for sessions had mental problems that the psychologist best coped with. At the same time, he called several “symptoms” of obsession – headaches, stomach cramps, which can easily be confused with a common disease. The priest said that the devil hates Latin and prefers to speak English, even if the obsessed person does not know the language.

According to Amorth, 90 percent of the obsessed are Satanists, or people addicted to witchcraft sessions. In addition, he noted that the devil is often infused in middle-aged women who have a weakness for fortune telling.

Sessions of the expulsion of the devil are in great demand in the Vatican. In February 2018, it was reported that because of this, a special course in exorcism was taught at the Pontifical University of Regina Apostolorum in Rome.

The Vatican approved exorcism in 2014. Then the Catholic Church officially recognized the existence of the International Association of Exorcists. The organization, led by Amort, who died in 2016, now has about 400 members, 240 of them from Italy.

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The “cursed” doll was found abandoned in Mexican river after being burned by frightened neighbors 

This sinister human-sized ventriloquist doll was mistaken for a dead body when it was pulled out of a river by villagers in Mexico. They were so scared that they decided to burn her. Unfortunately, the doll, found wrapped in a blanket in the small town of San Antonio La Esperanza, did not burn, and therefore the community decided that it was “cursed”.

In the photo of the doll, one eye is blackened and burned, and the other is bright blue and covered.

It’s reclining jaw gives the doll an eerie look. The human mannequin was initially mistaken for a dead body, but, fortunately, it soon became clear that it was not real when it was deployed from a shawl.

However, it remains a mystery who was the previous owner of the creepy mannequin and why this man tried so hard to get rid of it in such a strange way. According to local media reports, after several attempts, the villagers finally managed to burn it.

Since then, the story has reached the filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro , known for filming such dark science fiction films as “The Shape of Water” and “Pan’s Labyrinth,” which tweeted some photos of this scary doll.
Local journalist Cesar Buenrostro challenged the idea of ​​a supernatural presence and stated that the locals could not burn the doll on the first try, because it was crude. Once the doll was dry, it became easier for them to set fire to it, he said.

Buenrostro and a YouTube journalist known as the “Oxlack Investigador” visited Julio, the man who made the doll. He said that he sold it many years ago, but could not remember who bought it.

According to Julio, the doll was made of epoxy, which is difficult to burn.

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Top Japanese urban legends

Japan is a distant and mysterious island. Before becoming a country full of buildings and businessmen, it was the land of samurai, martial arts and … urban legends.

An urban legend is a modern form of folklore, a story that is sometimes considered true, but not always, by its narrator. These legends are part of the collective memory. Obviously, despite its name, an urban legend does not necessarily take place in an urban area. The term is just used to differentiate modern history from ancient.

Japanese people are fond of urban legends and they have countless, here aew the most creepy Japanese urban legends. It’s up to you if you are still ready to visit Japan after reading this.

1) Kuchisake-onna, the woman with the split mouth

Kuchisake Onna

During the Heian era (794-1185) there lived a very beautiful woman, wife of a very jealous samurai. But she was also not very loyal. The samurai ends up discovering the multiple deceptions of his wife. Dishonored and betrayed, he decided to kill her by slitting her mouth with commissures up to both ears, while yelling at her “Who will find you beautiful now?”.

Today, it is said that the woman with the split mouth appears at night with a surgical mask to hide her “smile” and a long pair of scissors. When she meets a man, she asks him the question “Am I beautiful?”. If he answers no, he is killed immediately. If he answers yes, she then removes her mask and asks “Even like that?”. Answering no again means death. If the man says yes, she follows him to his home before killing him outside the door. The only way to escape her is to tell her that she is an ordinary woman, neither beautiful nor ugly.

2) Inunaki village

Inunaki village

It’s a mysterious village somewhere in Japan. At the entrance to the village, there would be a sign saying “the constitutional laws of Japan do not apply here”. Residents of the village would live in quite a special way since incest, cannibalism and murder would be rampant there.

For unknown reasons, electronic devices would not work in the village. Everyone who has been there has never returned.

3) The O-kiku Ningyou doll

This doll belonged to a 3-year-old girl who died of illness in 1918. The family moved later and, not knowing what to do with the doll, they asked the Mannenji monastery to take care of it because it was a toy their little girl’s fetish. Later, one of the monks was told that the doll’s hair had grown longer. After verification, they had indeed grown!

The monk therefore decided to cut the doll’s hair, but it became even longer. The hair was then analyzed and is believed to be of human origin! The doll would therefore contain the little girl’s soul, and she would sometimes smile. Each year, a ceremony is held in honor of the girl, and the doll’s hair is cut.

4) Hitobashira

Hitobashira human pillar

The word Hitobashira means “human pillars”. In the 17th century, it was customary in Japan to bury living people in the foundations or pillars of buildings. These sacrifices were to please the gods, who then blessed the buildings and ensured them a longer life.

But suddenly, the buildings in question would still be haunted by the spirits of the poor buggers who were buried.

5) The Kiyotaki tunnel

Kiyotaki tunnel

This tunnel, built in 1927, is said to be haunted by the spirits of workers who died during its construction, which took place in conditions close to slavery. The tunnel is 444 meters long, which makes it cursed since the number 4 is somewhat the equivalent of the number 13 in our country, its pronunciation being the same as the word “dead”.

The ghosts of the tunnel would enter your car to scare you, causing an accident. Each new victim would be trapped in the tunnel, adding to the number of spirits. A mirror would also be placed in the tunnel. If you see a ghost looking inside, you die in excruciating pain.

And to add a layer, the length of the tunnel would change depending on the time of day!

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