Forced exorcism in Hong Kong shopping mall

You don't need to be demon-possessed to experience an exorcism. Just walk into the wrong shopping mall in Hong Kong.

A Taoist master is accused of trying to extort nearly $5,000 for an unsolicited exorcism. From CNNGo:

We're strolling through a shopping mall, minding our own business, when we're suddenly pounced on by a Taoist priest telling us that we're possessed by an evil ghost who is hell-bent on killing us within three days. Temple workers proceed to grab hold of us and an exorcism is performed despite our protests. After an hour of struggle, the evil ghost is purged and we're asked to cough up HK$36,000 for the Taoist priest's good deed.

At least that's the picture that a 23-year-old woman surnamed Tang presented to the police. The priest's disciples even filmed the entire process of the exorcism and put it on Youtube. The woman was held down by five people while the priest covered her head with a red cloth. While she struggled, she was told to keep silent as the priest and his disciples were talking to the ghost.

The forced exorcism is captured on video (see above), and produced -- along with animated dramatization -- by Hong Kong's Next Media. (This is the same group made famous worldwide for the Tiger Woods car crash animation.)

Not quite Linda Blair. But definitely worse than that unsolicited cologne spritz at the mall.

Thanks Zoe!



    1. Yep. It’s always nice to see that the “Eastern” religions are not immune from the sorts of frauds one associates with the Abrahamic religions….

  1. This looks ripe for a counter-suit. Surely you could claim that you fully intended to be possessed, had gone to a great deal of trouble to be so, and that he’d ruined all your hard work?

  2. What some people call a religion, others call an excuse for fraud and assault.

    Let’s see, we have either illegal confinement or kidnapping, assault and battery, and extortion, just to begin with.

    It’s too bad this is in Hong Kong, because the government is likely to turn a blind eye to it, especially if the “Taoist priest” (since when did Taoists share Catholic beliefs and practices?) has enough money to grease palms. Here in Canada, that nutjob would at least lose his business and would likely be serving time.

  3. Stunning. Some crazy asshole assaults you, confines you, then tries to make you PAY for it?!?!?

    Really, even in Hong Kong I wouldn’t expect him to get away with that. Taking entrepreneurship a little far.

  4. Good is the reward on itself, as you are serving a purpose in life. This “priests” are crooks, plain an simple. And should be treated as what they are.

  5. For an _hour_? Malls there must be quite different. Here in five minutes the mall cops would have broken it up for blocking the Orange Julius.

  6. Sheesh, and I feel violated when the homeless guy with the newspaper and spritzer bottle takes it upon himself to wash my windshield uninvited.


  7. I can’t believe this has been up this long and no one has come to support the Taoist Master. Come on, BB crazies! You’re falling down on the job!

    1. I’ll take that bet. See, I’ll be the Taoist priest had a monthly quota to fill and since they have the Quality v. Quantity trade-off, he knew that Shin Xao [ed. note: totally made up name], that brown-noser always went for Quantity. Well, HE’D show ’em. This is a Quality exorcism with a capital Q!

      1. But see, you’re kidding. I was really expecting someone to come in here and seriously defend this…or at least troll as if they were.

        I mean, this is absolutely terrible, but it doesn’t strike me as particularly worse than tasering a 10-year-old. I guess Taoist Masters just don’t have staunch defenders on BB.

        1. I guess Taoist Masters just don’t have staunch defenders on BB.
          This sentence struck me as pretty funny. :D

          Taoist Masters, gettin’ no love.

    1. See, you’re STILL more civilized than we are, because the officer was suspended pending the investigation. In the US he would have been put on desk duty or given paid leave.

  8. People should always be very careful, because their are many FAKE Taoist priest around.. saying that they offer genuine exorcism rites but indeed they are just extortionist

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