How did ancient semites deal with demon possession? Once a person came under the influence of demons, generally an exorcism was the only remedy. Here are some strategies sorcerer-priests used to banish evil spirits including magical preparations using various objects, incantations, and various magical rituals.
An exorcism is the casting out of demons or evil spirits from an individual thought to be possessed through an elaborate ritual performed by an exorcist. In Catholicism, a formal exorcism is conducted by a trained priest who invokes the name of Jesus Christ through prayer, biblical text, amulets, symbols, and other tools in attempt to expel the demon. Read about articles about exorcisms below.