In simple terms, an exorcism is a ritual to rid someone of evil spirits that are plaguing them. While they aren’t something we see performed very much in America, they still have a place in other parts of the world.
Recently there was a mass exorcism ritual held at a church outside the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, where some 150 people waited in line to to meet a local celebrity healer who they believed would be able to free them from demons.
These Ethiopian Christians paid up to a month’s wages to be doused in holy water and to go through similar rituals.
This particular ceremony has grown attention from around the world, due to a large series of photos showcasing the ritual. The photos show people of all ages crying hysterically as a cross touches their forehead, or being held down by relatives as they try to avoid being ‘exorcised’, kicking and screaming.