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Malaysian Toddler Killed By Family in Exorcism Ritual

Malaysian Toddler Killed By Family in Exorcism Ritual

Malaysian police have arrested the family members of a three-year-old girl who was allegedly killed in an exorcism “ritual.” Seven family members including the child’s parents, grandmother, uncle, aunt and two teenage cousins as well as the family’s Indonesian maid were found piled on top of the toddler, who was face down, under a blanket. She had died — one can only think, in terror and after suffering — from suffocation, police said.

The father’s brother reportedly tipped police in the northern town of Bukit Mertajam in Malaysia.

The ritual reportedly lasted for several hours. Local police chief Azman Abdul Lah said that police found the family members chanting and that they “believe they were involved in an exorcism ritual to drive away evil spirits” that had possessed the child.

The girl’s family are ethnic Chinese and, while recent decades have seen the the practice of occult rituals dissipate, beliefs in the supernatural persist among the country’s main Malay, Chinese and Indian ethnic communities. The Associated Press says that, in 2010, two Malaysian cousins were sentenced to ten years in prison for killing the parents of one of them in a “spiritual cleansing ritual,” in which the couple was slain and then beaten with brooms and motorcycle helmets.

Exorcism rituals are not only part of folk traditions Malaysia. In a 1981 article in the Journal of Anthropological Research, S. E. Ackerman, an anthropologist at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumput, notes that an “emphasis on discourse about spiritual possession and exorcism is a striking feature of Catholic Pentecostalism” in Malaysia. Worship in the Catholic church in the country can contain the “adoption of ecstatic behaviors” including glossalalia (speaking in tongues), spiritual healing and, yes, exorcism.

 

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9:24AM PDT on Oct 5, 2012

this happens in all religions. belief in this load of bull is dangerous, because people use their beliefs as a scapegoat and try to deny responsibility. unless they are clinically insane they are personally responsible for this child's terrible death :/

6:01AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

criminal

7:53PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

poor kid

4:33AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

noted

2:16PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Pamela: I was referring to those who think we in haha "civilized" countries, are "different from", "these people". By "we", I was referring to racists, chauvinists, and other people who think they are just intrinsically "better than" "ignorant savages"; merely for having been born in a different place.
I guess I was also thinking of that MINDLESS person, rightfully called out by others, who wrote in caps "GOD BLESS AMERICA!" -- just as if such things NEVER, oh my goodness how can you doubt it, NEVER happened here! That SMUG SUPERIORITY, that if it is not exactly Racism, is just the next thing to it.......
THAT is why I am pointing out here, that:
Vice-Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin, TOOK PART IN AN EXORCISM IN A WASILLA CHURCH, one that was caught on video; and, that
"PRAY AWAY THE GAY" so-called "therapies", share much in common with Exorcisms, including the naked superstition; and, that
PEOPLE ACTUALLY HAVE DIED in the Scientology cult, undergoing what amounts to "exorcisms" for addictions.
So, "we" are, collectively {not as individuals!}, maybe not nearly as "enlightened" as we think, when A VICE-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE takes part in an "exorcism" ritual in public. {And the Governor of Louisiana WRITES about his doing so!!!} Somebody votes for these idiots.... and, gives TAX MONEY to Scientology and to "pray away the gay" FAKE THERAPIES that act like Exorcisms....... "WE" TOLERATE this?

8:49AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

It's funny how I used to be a spiritualist and "feel evil spirits" around me, and now that I'm atheist I'm free of all that idiocy. Your mind can really work against you if you let it. That's what happened here. LOGICALLY they knew they were putting that defenseless little girl in danger, but with religion, what logic is there?

4:54AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Most politicians, judges, lawyers and bankers are full of evil spirits.

4:12AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

how does copying fantasy on tv be the same thing as people with religious belief? one is a cultrual thing they hold dear and see as true, the other is idiocy copycat acts.

3:57AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

OH - MY - DEAR- GOD!!!!!!!

3:04AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

I KNOW i'm different from "these people". I dont participate in ignorant, close-minded, backwards-ass uncivilized rituals, and im not a follower or a conformist. :-}

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