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Real-Life Exorcism: Brother Hermes In Colombia Has Performed Thousands Of Rituals Over The Past 25 Years

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Meet the real-life exorcist who claims to perform ten services a week.

Brother Hermes, from Colombia, has been coming to the aid of those who believe they've been possessed by evil spirits for the past 25 years - and estimates that he's carried out thousands of rituals in La Cumbra.

The 50-year-old, real name Hermes Cifuentes, covers those needing his help in mud and surrounds them with fire, lime and eggs.

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Brother Hermes says he's performed thousands of rituals

They lie in the shape of a crucifix, with pieces of green and white ribbon tied to small crosses forming a part of the cleansing process, too.

At one point those he's treating are also made to stand in a hole in the ground.

Exorcisms have long had a place in Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism, but the number performed rose sharply in the 1960s and 1970s, possibly because they began appearing in horror films.

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Those being cleansed are covered from head to foot in mud

Three years ago, a Roman Catholic priest claimed that two Italian men were cleansed of evil spirits by the mere presence of the Pope.

He wrote: "The Pope raised an arm and blessed them. For the possessed it was like a furious jolt - a blow to their whole bodies - to the extent that they were thrown three metres backwards."

The scientific viewpoint is that those who truly believe they're possessed could be mentally ill.

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