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Dec 13, 2023

Since 1973’s The Exorcist, demonic possession and exorcism have dominated horror pop culture. But what are the origins of exorcism within the Catholic Church and how has it changed over the centuries? 


Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of religious trauma, death, persecution, possession, ableism, medical malpractice, forced marriage, institutionalizing, mental illness, self-harm, homophobia, transphobia, and violence.  



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Spirits is a boozy podcast about mythology, legends, and folklore. Every episode, co-hosts Julia and Amanda mix a drink and discuss a new story or character from a wide range of places, eras, and cultures. Learn brand-new stories and enjoy retellings of your favorite myths, served over ice every week, on Spirits.