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What's Your Take on Possessions or "Sapi"?

This is something that I really can't explain.

How can you explain "sapi"? There are a couple of new cases in the Philippines wherein 60+ and almost 20 students were seemingly possessed at the same time.

1. They were speaking in Latin.
2. They were speaking in a different tone of voice.
3. They have superhuman strength.
4. They go crazy whenever a bible, rosary or the likes are placed on them.

Any scientific explanation? Religious? Or were they really possessed by spirits?
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  • caporegimecaporegime ilpadrino lite™ PExer
    If you're running off 'software' (as opposed to being hardwired), yea it could happen.

    "Programs hacking programs..." --Neo, The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
  • OrionPaxOrionPax Fire Bomber Lead Guitarist PExer
    From a religious standpoint

    Spirit or demon possession was evident in Bible. Jesus, His Apostles and disciples cast demons or evil spirits out of possessed people (even animals). Catholic theology states that "angels" are ethereal beings having intelligence and will. Fallen "angels" or demons can "possess" individuals without their knowledge or consent

    Possessed individuals displayed the following abilities: hidden knowledge (gnosis), foreign languages (glossolalia), drastic changes in vocal intonation and facial structure, fear of "Christian" holy men, the appearance of injuries and superhuman strength

    You may check these verses for the biblical accounts
    • Matthew 4:23-25
    • Matthew 7:21-23
    • Matthew 8:14-17
    • Matthew 8:28-34
    • Matthew 9:32-34
    • Matthew 10:1-8
    • Matthew 12:22-32
    • Matthew 15:21-28
    • Matthew 17:14-21
    • Mark 16:17
    • Mark 1:29-39
    • Mark 1:21-28
    • Mark 9:38-40
    • Mark 16:9
    • Luke 4:33-41
    • Luke 10:17
    • Luke 7:21
    • Luke 13:10-17
    • Luke 13:31-32
    • Luke 8:26-39
    • Luke 22:3
    • John 13:27
    • Acts 5:16; 8:7

    Catholic clergy should discern demonic possession from "mental illness", Exorcisms are "performed" only if the priest (given clearance of a bishop) have found sufficient signs that an individual is possessed by a "demon". With this, the clergyman taps into his "arsenal" which includes prayers, intercession of angels and saints, litanies, rosaries, crucifixes, bibles, holy water, etc. Catholic baptism per se is considered an "exorcism" in come cases

    Victims can be possessed because of their own doing thru occult practices (spirit of the glass, ouija boards, etc), mortal sin, loss of faith, or psychological trauma.

    On the other hand, Science views "demonic" possession as a "mental illness" (hysteria, mania, psychosis, Tourette's syndrome, epilepsy, schizophrenia or dissociative identity disorder) since "paranormal/supernatural event" is not recognized as "scientific" phenomena

    This is something that I really can't explain.

    How can you explain "sapi"? There are a couple of new cases in the Philippines wherein 60+ and almost 20 students were seemingly possessed at the same time.

    1. They were speaking in Latin.
    2. They were speaking in a different tone of voice.
    3. They have superhuman strength.
    4. They go crazy whenever a bible, rosary or the likes are placed on them.

    Any scientific explanation? Religious? Or were they really possessed by spirits?
  • mani94mani94 ex-Catholic PExer
    What is a Jinn (Engkanto ang closes term sa tagalog)?

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    The Jinn (Engkanto ang closes term sa tagalog) live in an established world unseen to us. They possess some characteristics in common with humans, such as the ability to think and reflect. Similarly, they also have the ability to choose between the path of good and the path of evil in the same manner as humans.

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    The Jinn were created before the creation of mankind, and their origin is from fire:
    "Verily We created man of potter's clay of dark mud altered. And the Jinn did We create aforetime of a flameless fire"
    {Noble Quran 15:26-27}.

    They are called "jinn" because they are obscured from human sight.

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    Satan and the Jinn
    Satan, which God Almighty mentions to us many times in the Quran, is from the world of the jinn. He used to worship God at the beginning of his creation. He lived among the angels in the heavens. He entered Paradise. But then he disobeyed God Almighty when he refused to prostrate to Adam, out of pride, arrogance and envy. Therefore God Almighty cast him out of from His mercy.

    Their ability and strength
    Allah (SWT) has given the jinn power and ability that He has not given humans. Allah (SWT) has informed us of some of their ability, including great speed and movement.

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    Their knowledge in building and other crafts
    Allah (SWT) has informed us that the jinn which were subjected to the control of the Prophet Solomon performed many feats which were evidence of their physical ability, intelligence and skill.

    Their ability to take on other shapes
    The jinn have the ability to take on the shapes of humans or animals.

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    Their weaknesses and inabilities
    - In some aspects, the jinn and devils are strong while in others they are weak.
    - Allah (SWT) did not give Satan the ability to compel mankind or force them to misguidance and disbelief.
    - He has power over the believers due to their sins.
    - If a slave holds fast to Islam, has a sincere belief in his heart and stays within the bounds set by Allah (SWT), then Satan departs and flees from him.
    - Allah (SWT) made all the jinn and devils subservient to the Prophet Solomon (peace be upon him) and they all performed what he wished.

    The Jews lied about Solomon
    The Jews and those who follow them in using jinn through the art of magic allege that Solomon used magic to gain mastery over the jinn. Many of the early scholars mention that when Solomon died, the devils recorded books of magic and disbelief and put them under his throne and they said, Solomon used these books to subjugate the jinn.

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    Solomon disbelieved not; but the devils disbelieved, teaching mankind magic and that which was revealed to the angels in Babel, Harut and Marut. Nor did they (the two angels) teach it to anyone till they had said: We are only a temptation, therefore disbelieve not (in the guidance of Allah)...
    (Noble Quran 2:102).

    They are incapable of performing miracles
    The jinn are not able to perform miracles like those of the Messengers that are meant as proof for the truth of their missions. Some of the disbelievers alleged that the Quran was from the workings of Satan, so Allah (SWT) revealed:
    It isn’t the Shaitans (the Devils) who came down with it _ (the Qur’an).
    They are not worthy of it. Nor are they able (to do it)!
    Indeed, they are kept too far away to be able to hear it.

    {Noble Quran 26:210-212}

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    God Almighty challenges all of mankind and the jinn in the following verse:
    "Say: Verily, though mankind and jinn should assemble to produce the like of this Quran, they could not produce the like thereof though they were helpers one of another"
    {Noble Quran 17:88}

    "I created Jinn and Mankind only in order that they might worship Me."
    {Noble Quran 51:56}

    For further reading:
    [url=http://www.missionislam.com/knowledge/books/JinnDevils.pdf
    ]The World of the Jinn and Devils (download PDF)[/url]
    The Jinn
  • ellivro99ellivro99 Et cetera PEx Rookie ⭐
    i recommend you to watch this movie:

    The Rite
  • joma_sjoma_s HellBoundHeretic® PExer
    mga ugoks at bobos, tyak na entertained dyan
  • MakaveliLivesMakaveliLives Brooklyn PExer
    I know that science would explain it as a mental illness. But how can they explain 60+ students experiencing it?

    Anyone else who'd like to say that there's nothing religious or paranormal when it comes to "sapi"? Anyone who can offer a practical explanation?
  • IscharamoochieIscharamoochie Moderator PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    na-ghosthack sila
  • tontontonton Let's stop and talk awhile. PExer
    Si SmartD napopossess daw ng Hs.
  • BowenBowen Member PExer
    I have never met a person who was demon possessed.
  • FerdinandFerdinand Member PExer
    This is something that I really can't explain.

    How can you explain "sapi"? There are a couple of new cases in the Philippines wherein 60+ and almost 20 students were seemingly possessed at the same time.

    1. They were speaking in Latin.
    2. They were speaking in a different tone of voice.
    3. They have superhuman strength.
    4. They go crazy whenever a bible, rosary or the likes are placed on them.

    Any scientific explanation? Religious? Or were they really possessed by spirits?
    puwedeng mabasa yung source mo?
  • skye_phoenixskye_phoenix 荒れ狂う稲光のシェルミー PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    I know that science would explain it as a mental illness. But how can they explain 60+ students experiencing it?

    Anyone else who'd like to say that there's nothing religious or paranormal when it comes to "sapi"? Anyone who can offer a practical explanation?

    Meron din explanation jan mga psychologist/psychiatrist parang social something thingy (di ko na maalala yung term). Ganun talaga mahirap paniwalaan ang mahirap ipaliwanag, but it doesn't mean hindi na sila totoo diba?
  • SamLowrySamLowry James Randian PExer
    this sh1t happens and india too, and yes, indian godmen successfully "cast out" these "demons." does that mean the one true god deputized them? maybe.

    one other thing tho, skeptics lead by the indian version of James Randi can perform exorcisms as well by duplicating the tricks employed by the godmen. (flowers inside "sealed" coconut trick for example) placebo.
  • tontontonton Let's stop and talk awhile. PExer
    Bowen wrote: »
    I have never met a person who was demon possessed.

    I have, online nga lang. Dito sa RoT.:naughty:
  • gustho niyo vang safian ng veauty ketch ang vrains niyo?

    chry it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • MakaveliLivesMakaveliLives Brooklyn PExer
    Ferdinand wrote: »
    puwedeng mabasa yung source mo?

    Sorry, no link. It was all over the news last week. Dun ko lang napanood. According to news reports, they were playing spirit of the glass. Saka this wasn't the first time it happened.
    Meron din explanation jan mga psychologist/psychiatrist parang social something thingy (di ko na maalala yung term). Ganun talaga mahirap paniwalaan ang mahirap ipaliwanag, but it doesn't mean hindi na sila totoo diba?

    I agree. But I always like to see things from different angles. Frankly, I want to know what the non-believers think but they haven't replied here yet. Asan na yung mga hindi naniniwala sa mga paranormals?
  • AsmodaiAsmodai heathen PExer
    look up mass hysteria or mass psychogenic illness.
  • BowenBowen Member PExer
    tonton wrote: »
    I have, online nga lang. Dito sa RoT.:naughty:

    Who might that be? :D
  • SmartDessaSmartDessa Things divide;Christ unites PExer
    we are all demon-possessed. kala niyo lang na hindi pero pag-aari na tayo ng Diablo.

    bumaling sa Panginoon para maligtas mula sa kamay ng Diyablo.
    maski mga ligtas na ay maaari pang masapian kung mahina ang Espiritu sa loob natin.

    yung sa movies na demon possessions, masyadong OA, pero we cannot rest to conclusion na wala talagang ganoon. ang nakakatawa lang e ginagawang nakakatakot siya para maraming girls to yumakap sa boys sa sinehan pagnatatakot :lol:

    yung sa The Rite, mas convincing yun, not just because it's Hopkins, but really the demon doesn't necessarily aims to hurt people or scare people, what it wants is to seduce and recruit people ;)
  • pollywogpollywog ...just because PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    I wonder kung anong translation nung supposed to be latin words na sinabi nila, or kung totoo bang latin yun.
  • isyotisyot Member PExer
    i have nieces and nephews in a city of the south. one of niece's maids got possessed. my nephew wouldn't believe coz they hadn't seen or witnessed an actual demonic possession. you know typical city boy, modern ikanga at patay na nga naman daw ang era ng ganyan ganyan. sa madaling salita, di pa din sya kumbinsido kahit nakita nya ng nangingisay ang babae nung araw na yun. pero kasi nga nag-iiba ang boses, na instead of babae, nagiging lalaki, para na din daw syang naniwala. kelangan nilang icontrol ang sinapian kasi takot ang pamangkin kong babae na saktan sila at ang mga kids, so kelangan nilang icontain ang sinapian while naghanap pa ng pari. in short hinawakan nila ang sinapian. tumilapon ang tatlo, tatay nila, kapatid nyang lalaki din at yung nephew kong youngest. ayun nakita nilang naglakad na nakalutang.

    can science do the math on this?

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