Demonic possession
is held by many belief systems to be the control of an individual by a malevolent supernatural being. Atheists generally consider all such claims to be manifestations of a mental disorder. Descriptions of demonic possessions often include erased memories or personalities, convulsions, “fits” and fainting as if one were dying. Other descriptions include access to hidden knowledge (gnosis) and foreign languages (glossolalia), drastic changes in vocal intonation and facial structure, the sudden appearance of injuries (scratches, bite marks) or lesions, and superhuman strength. Unlike in channeling or other forms of possession, the subject has no control over the possessing entity and so it will persist until forced to leave the victim, usually through a form of exorcism.

Symptoms of demonic possession include:Edit

  • Erased memories
  • Convulsions and fits
  • Speaking in tongues
  • Superhuman strength
  • Access to hidden knowledge (previously unknown)
  • Drastic changes in tone of voice and facial expressions
  • Unexplained injuries (scratches or bite marks)
  • Piercing eyes (said in some cases to turn totally black)
  • Major changes in personality
  • Uncharacteristic aggression and antisocial behaviors
  • A disregard for modesty
  • An aversion to religious icons or sacred objects
  • Self-mutilation
  • Foul language
  • May exhibit supernatural powers (i.e. precognition, retrocognition, mind-reading, levitation, etc.)
  • Scratches or welts in the form of writing or symbols
  • Multiple voices emanating from one person
  • Compulsive sinning
  • Mental and emotional problems
  • Unnatural sexual desires

To make a long story short (too late), there are innumerable physical and mental signs of demonic possession, and demonic possession means trouble.