Exorcist buries himself and fails to signal his rescue. Bizarre.
A Sri Lankan man died Thursday after a bizarre and botched ritual to drive out what he thought were evil spirits from a house outside the capital, police said.
The man sacrificed a cat and was then buried in a shallow grave after instructing onlookers to dig him out once he gave a signal of pushing a sword he was carrying through the ground, police said.
“Even after three hours, there was no sign of the sword coming up from the grave,” a local police official told AFP.
The 32-year-old man, identified by police as Maxi Castro, a local exorcist, was taken to hospital early Thursday morning but he had already died, the official said.
Castro was invited to remove the evil spirits from this property after the owner had seen him perform a similar ritual. Why was an exorcism needed? The owner says: “He said I had bad luck because someone had sprinkled human ash at my house, but he could drive out evil spirits through this ritual.” An investigation is underway by police. But it appears that this is a deep cultural belief in black magic that would have to be overcome. It’s shocking that people believe in demons and that such a ritual could fix it.