My housemaid came to me, crying. The health of her sister deteriorated further. She was repeatedly waking up at night, sweating profusely, the body convulsing, her eyes staring like she was posessed, my maid explained, visibly horrified.

Pagan believes are widespread in India, and often the local, traditional believes are fused with Hinduism, Christianity, Islam or any other religion. My maid’s family – all Christians – decided the doctor’s in Delhi can’t cure the disease of her sister. She was in hospital for weeks weeks, but her condition didn’t stabilise.

Instead the girl was sent back home to Mapaokeilthelmanpi in Manipur. To be treated by a local whitchcraft doctor.

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