demonic possession

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demonic possession

Possession by a demon, sometimes resulting in strange behavior such as the vomiting of strange objects.
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The witch hunt began in the fifteenth century, when some Inquisitors replaced the notion that witch ideas were sub-Christian superstitions with an elaborate theory of demoniacal possession, which justified a much more serious prosecution of witchcraft.
Grieve quotes from Herbarium of Apuleius, For witlessness, that is the devil sickness of demoniacal possession, take from the body of this said wort mandrake by weight of three pennies, administer to drink in warm water as he might find most convenient--soon he will be healed.
The Anglo Saxons thought the plant had mysterious powers against demoniacal possession, but it was also believed that it could be fatal to dig it up and that it grew best under gallows.