According to church regulation, exorcisms are to be conducted privately, but in this case the Devil himself commanded the bishop to conduct the exorcism in public. And so a stage was erected, upon which the bishop, the friar, and the possessed girl performed a bizarre drama for the benefit of some 10, onlookers.
The bishop put questions to her in four languages French, Latin, German, and Flemish ; Obry answered in French and also in Flemish, a tongue she had never spoken before. She also, according to reports, revealed secrets and sins of the various onlookers, prompting many of them to spontaneously confess.
The only thing that would quiet her was the appearance of the Eucharist. In the centuries since the Obry exorcism, the overwhelming question for secular historians has been: what really happened here? Tens of thousands of cases of demonic possession and exorcism were recorded throughout Christian Europe, starting in earnest in the early 15th century and peaking some years later. If we take the overwhelming documentary evidence at face value, it would seem that medieval Europe was seized by a mass epidemic of witchcraft and demonic possession.
But of course no one or almost no one today can take those reports at face value, saturated as they are with prejudice, misogyny, ignorance, and paranoia. One standard historiographical practice has been to assume those once thought to be afflicted with demonic possession or cursed by witches were actually suffering from various physical and mental illnesses. For one thing, even this wide range of diagnoses by necessity ignores descriptions of the more supernatural aspects of possession: the copious vomiting of foreign objects, for example, or the levitation.
Nor do they account for how an illiterate peasant girl from Vervins would suddenly be able to communicate in Flemish. Witnesses at the time would see little distinction between the vomiting of snakes and the vomiting of profanity, both being equally plausible symptoms of possession. An even more fundamental problem with this argument is the relative instability of our own modern etiological categories. DID has only existed as a diagnosis since with the publication of the DSM-IV , and the disorders that predated it, including the once-commonplace melancholy and hysteria, have all been discredited.
If these diagnostic categories can barely survive the two decades between one edition of the DSM and the next, how can we assume that even the latest categories will apply to a set of unreliably described symptoms from four to six centuries ago? The demonic possessions Levack discusses here are related to the material covered in in his earlier study since witches were often accused of causing possessions , but since demoniacs were generally considered blameless victims, the religious, legal, and epistemological concerns this time around are substantially different.
Right from the start, Levack breaks with tradition by dismissing medical and psychiatric explanations, claiming that they fail to account for all the known symptoms that fell under the rubric of possession. In a similar vein, the regurgitation of alien objects, when not deliberately faked, might be diagnosed as the medical disorder known as allotriophagy or pathological swallowing, but such vomiting of alien objects was always just one sign of an apparent possession.
I personally was amazed by Chia the cab driver and Fellatio Lim the pimp. Towards the end Brian has chosen to simplify movements of each character to ensure no confusion for his readers, short and precise to jab in some plot twists. Fast paced without missing important details and an assurance that you will not stop once you start. This is a must read story book.
Yes, I repeat nothing is over the top BUT still able to capture your curiosity as a reader. Regina Ibrahim. Dec 28, Anusha Bai rated it it was amazing. I believe I have never laughed this much. View 1 comment. Captivating, funny, unputdownable. Highly entertaining and highly recommended. I like the idea how each character relates to each other throughout the book. Unexpected conspiracy, and not really a typical ending.
Kudos to the author. Feb 11, Faizah Roslaini rated it it was amazing Shelves: read , politics , current-issues , favorites. At the beginning when I read this, I asked myself whether this is really Malaysia? After all my version does not include a struggling musician having a Malay Muslim as beer buddy and certainly does not include a Malay bouncer-cum-club-owner serving all types of alcohol.
Nonetheless, no matter how uncomfortable I am with such depiction, it really does happened. And as much as I yield for my certain version of Malaysia, as the prostitute, corrupted cops and politicians come into picture, I could no At the beginning when I read this, I asked myself whether this is really Malaysia? And as much as I yield for my certain version of Malaysia, as the prostitute, corrupted cops and politicians come into picture, I could not help but noted its striking resemblance to our beloved Bolehland scenarios.
According to church regulation, exorcisms are to be conducted privately, but in this case the Devil himself commanded the bishop to conduct the exorcism in public. According to producer Rebecca O'Flanagan, O'Driscoll helped choreograph several of the larger group scenes. Terms of Surrender by Hiss Golden Messenger. Marie Sokol is an actress, known for The Blood Thins. Arena Info. Haunted by hooks and good old-fashioned songcraft, Brian Larney is an eclectic, non-stop music-making machine.
Who's never heard of politicians and prostitutes after all? Or even better, who's not familiar with VIPs' murder cover-ups after all? Perhaps Devil's Place is all about plots and getting you entertained, but if you pay some attention to its commentaries, there are certainly a lot to reflect on the current social-political state of our country.
And as much as I like this book I have to warn that it is not for the faint-hearted. For criminals in actions going helter skelter and all that brutal surprises, fans of 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' and perhaps Quentin Tarantino, would be able to appreciate this first book from Brian Gomez.
And hey, what a place to be when you need a crash course in swearing Malaysian style. With a generous serving of vulgar words, page would particularly serve that purpose. Mar 12, Hani Norisham rated it it was amazing. The best modern piece from a Malaysian I ever read thus far! I love how each character is depicted and the fact that the author chose to showcase '1 malaysia' in an unconventional way - by having a washed up Indian musician, a Malay bar owner, a Chinese taxi driver who's obsess with conspiracy theories and other characters like corrupt politicians, jihadists and a pimp.
Reading this book is like watching a good action movie - very fast paced and make you glued to it till the very end. Highly rec The best modern piece from a Malaysian I ever read thus far!
Highly recommended! Oct 27, Zulzafry Zulkifly rated it it was amazing. Feb 09, Johnny B. Rempit rated it it was amazing Shelves: malaysiana , read Very muhibbah. Jan 25, MissNYix rated it it was amazing Shelves: chase , funny , hilarious , shelfari-favorites , terrorism. Love the way it is written, it's a chase that may seem senseless, somehow it relates and ties to the Malaysian scene.
It's the best book I've ever read.
Nice plot, beautifully presented characters. And good ending. Overall good book. May 15, Mealona rated it really liked it.
I love this book! It kept me away from this book for a few months!
But it takes a degrees change beginning the second half of the page towards the end. It is truly enjoyable. Mixed feeling while reading.
A look at the short, mysterious life of blues legend, Robert Johnson, who was said to have made a deal with the Devil at a crossroads in rural Mississippi. Finally a documentary by the Zybalists about Robert Johnson, a huge contributor to the blues. One of the great fathers of. For more than 40 years now, Brian May has been staring into the eyes of the Devil. It all began one day in Portobello Road Market, when he.
I felt as if the heavy messages were relayed using the most simple ways possible. I felt as horrified as the characters inside.
The comedy, the conflict, the twist I would want to re-read this book again. End up I finish it within just few days due to time constraint. I barely move on from this book. Sadly, well yeah.. I have to start reading other books. Amazing piece. I wish I could read more.
Jul 15, Syarul rated it it was amazing. This book gave me laugh and tears at the same time. Highly recommended. Ridiculously funny and thrilling! Everything about him is based on folklore and legend, he was a real guy alright, he could play guitar that's for sure, but nobody can really verify anything other than the 29 songs he recorded in and He's an enigma, did he make a pact with the devil?
Who the fuck knows,…. Review by Villain. I was vaguely aware of Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil because of his influence on some of my favourite artists. Turns out no one really knows much about him. There is just so much mystery around the man. So many questions that will likely remain unanswered for eternity.
Not much is known about Robert Johnson, but this doc pretty much covers it.