Dan Shewan tells us how the distortion of a Catholic rite – exorcism – became a cottage industry, at Pacific Standard:
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Angel remembers the precise moment he was possessed by demons.
It was 1999, and Angel was traveling on a bus from Mexico City to his home in the western-central Mexican state of Michoacán. During the journey, Angel sensed a presence aboard the bus. He could not see this darkness, but felt its approach as it stopped directly in front of him. A moment later, Angel felt a sharp, stabbing pain—“something like a stake pierced my chest,” he said later—before experiencing a sensation that felt like his ribs were slowly being spread open from inside his chest. Angel assumed it was a heart attack, and believed he would die on that hot, dusty bus.
He survived. His health, however, soon began to deteriorate.