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I Photographed Exorcism Rituals In Ethiopia
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I Photographed Exorcism Rituals In Ethiopia

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My name is David Tesinsky and I came to Ethiopia to find real exorcism rituals and it took me a while just to find one. I just earned some money, got a cheap flight ticket, found some contacts and I found myself in Addis Ababa. People were not really great in the beginning, I almost got robbed in a slum area where I supposed to stay overnight but in the end, there was just a big bloody fight between other two guys.

However finding such exorcism ritual took me many days of waking up around 4-5AM and visiting churches in hope there with be such possessed “client” who will also allow me to photograph it which wasn’t very real. After almost 2 weeks I found a place not too far from Addis Ababa where the ritual took place and with more than 150 people waiting for their turn to get to a priest Memehir.

People were crying, screaming, Memehir punched them and the question is if they felt better based on their fate or not because Memehir was actually thrown away from all the churches because he earned more money than the church itself. He kept asking for the money all the time, one very old woman gave him 100$ and he always wanted more even though 100$ is probably all she is able to earn in one month.

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My name is David Tesinsky and I went to Ethiopia to document real exorcism rituals

It took me almost 2 weeks just to find an exorcism that I was allowed to photograph

This was a place not too far from Addis Ababa where the ritual took place

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More than 150 people were waiting for their turn to get to a priest Memehir

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People were crying, screaming, Memehir punched them

Memehir was thrown away from all the churches because he earned more money than the church itself

He kept asking for the money all the time

One very old woman gave him 100$ and he wanted more even though 100$ is probably all she is able to earn in one month

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David Tesinsky

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My name is David Tesinsky, i'm independent photographer of the subcultures, urban cultures, street stories and people's stories in general AKA reportage / social documentary photography. I was born on April 1990 in Prague. I'm always in search for somehow controversal, unique, special lifestyles and i'm capturing bright moments and also problematics of nowdays.

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David Tesinsky

David Tesinsky

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My name is David Tesinsky, i'm independent photographer of the subcultures, urban cultures, street stories and people's stories in general AKA reportage / social documentary photography. I was born on April 1990 in Prague. I'm always in search for somehow controversal, unique, special lifestyles and i'm capturing bright moments and also problematics of nowdays.

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Wezbie
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The human psyche is an incredible thing, as most people here genuinely believe there is something wrong with them. This may seem like something that could only happen in underdeveloped countries but it still happens in the western world. Sadly, people that will take advantage of this have no shame. I wonder how long it will be until the whole world stops believing in this nonsense. On a side note - the photos are great photos!

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BREAK YOUr perceptions
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the chances are the majority of those people DO have something wrong with them but its more likely medical than mystical. and yes this priest or whatever is taking advantage of peoples beliefs and fears to make a profit. this kind of thing happens all over the world but everyone is entitled to their beliefs so long as it isnt to harm others. and until we are 100% sure of everything in the universe nothing is "nonsense".

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Master Markus
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What harmful b******t when people should be getting legitimate medical help.

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The Cappy
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In that part of the world, there's probably no such thing. There parts of the world where treating an infection by washing it in water is such an exotic treatment that someone has to travel for a day by bicycle to do it. And some of those places are very close to where these photos were taken. Don't imagine that everyone has the same access to medical resources as you do.

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Ed Mo
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's funny how atheists never become possessed. One would think they would be easy targets.

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Wezbie
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The human psyche is an incredible thing, as most people here genuinely believe there is something wrong with them. This may seem like something that could only happen in underdeveloped countries but it still happens in the western world. Sadly, people that will take advantage of this have no shame. I wonder how long it will be until the whole world stops believing in this nonsense. On a side note - the photos are great photos!

diresilverwolf avatar
BREAK YOUr perceptions
Community Member
6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the chances are the majority of those people DO have something wrong with them but its more likely medical than mystical. and yes this priest or whatever is taking advantage of peoples beliefs and fears to make a profit. this kind of thing happens all over the world but everyone is entitled to their beliefs so long as it isnt to harm others. and until we are 100% sure of everything in the universe nothing is "nonsense".

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Master Markus
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What harmful b******t when people should be getting legitimate medical help.

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The Cappy
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In that part of the world, there's probably no such thing. There parts of the world where treating an infection by washing it in water is such an exotic treatment that someone has to travel for a day by bicycle to do it. And some of those places are very close to where these photos were taken. Don't imagine that everyone has the same access to medical resources as you do.

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Ed Mo
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's funny how atheists never become possessed. One would think they would be easy targets.

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