Evil spirits plaguing your afghani brother? Chain him to a wall for 40 days. Done and done.

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This morning, I read of brilliant, modern methods of evil spirit removal in Afghanistan.

Here’s a snip:

The ceilings are low and damp, and there are no fans in the summer or heating in the winter.

‘The patient is kept in chains for 40 days on a diet of bread with black pepper,’ said Malik, the shrine supervisor. ‘He is given this to make bad spirits goes away. When someone is infected by ghosts, we read verses of the Koran, and married women without children give them amulets to make the spirits depart.’

‘It has been the same for 360 years, and thousands of people have been cured.’

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