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Season 1 Episode 43

Exorcism: Driving Out the Devil

Aired Unknown Oct 31, 2006 on The History Channel
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Exorcism: Driving Out the Devil
For as long as humans have existed, so too has the belief in evil. Are there malevolent supernatural forces in the world at work against us? Can a demonic force actually overtake a human soul? And, if so, is an exorcism the only way to free someone from the devil's grasp? This two-hour special traces the history of the mysterious ritual of exorcism. It explores how the practice has evolved with the changing times--from a simple rite, to a political tool, to a form of modern-day therapy. Through dramatic recreations we recount several harrowing tales of the demonically possessed and the subsequent struggle by exorcists to save them. We'll also look at the medical and social perspectives. Can episodes of demonic-like behavior be explained by brain disorders or psychological factors?moreless

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