From the FIGU Forum (Questions Answered by Billy):
[In] the TJ there are many places [that] mention "evil spirits".
One significant event was in Chapter 8 "The healing of two possessed people".
8/32 Then the evil spirits in the possessed asked him, "Master, please drive us out, so that we may go into the herd of swine grazing just over there"........ the whole herd rushed down to the water and drowned.
What was really happened in that event? [Are] there any scientific explanation?
ANSWER: "Evil spirits" means negative psychic conditions.
- In the UK, exorcisms are increasing. They happen mainly in charismatic and Pentecostal churches, and also among communities of West African origin. Frequently, the people exorcised are mentally disturbed. Mentally ill people are sometimes told to stop their medication as the church believes prayer and/or exorcism is enough. If psychiatric patients do not get better after exorcism, they may believe they have failed to overcome the demon and get worse, see Nocebo.