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A teenage girl thought by her father to have been possessed by an ‘evil spirit’ died from suffocation in an exorcism, it has been reported.

Tomomi Maishigi’s father and a monk performed a ‘waterfall service’ on the 13-year-old where she was allegedly bound to a chair by a belt and placed face-up underneath a water pump for five minutes at a Buddhist church in Kumamoto, south Japan.

The pair - 56-year-old monk Kazuaki Kinoshita and the girl's 50-year-old father Atsushi Maishigi - were arrested yesterday on charges of inflicting injury resulting in the death following the ritual.

According to the Mainichi Daily News, her father held her down under the falling water while the monk chanted sutras in the early hours of 27 August.

When the victim fell unconscious, they called an ambulance but she was later pronounced dead.

Kumamoto Prefectural Police said that after the incident which took place last month the teenager died of suffocation.

The girl had undergone the ritual a hundred times before since March, police also said.

Mr Maishigi reportedly claimed that his daughter was possessed and found the monk to perform the ritual to exorcise the demons so she could get better. But she resisted and became violent.

“Our actions were aimed at exorcising evil spirits from her and were not physical abuse," the men were quoted as telling investigators,” the men reportedly told police.

Tomomi had suffered from mental and physical illness since she was a senior-grade primary school student, and had not attended school since April.

A spokesperson for the Nakayamashingoshoshu's (a sect of Buddhism) main temple in Kiyama said: “The water rite is done to bring one's wishes to reality, but of course you cannot exorcise with it. We also do not instruct to bound the arms and legs when doing the ritual.”

Atsushi Maishigi, Yahoo News 59 Comments [10/2/2011 4:38:18 AM]
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OtakuX

As a Buddhist, I'd just like to point out that this was less a 'sect of Buddhism' and more a 'cult loosely based on Buddhism'.

10/2/2011 4:41:41 AM

Patches

"Mr Maishigi reportedly claimed that his daughter was possessed and found the monk to perform the ritual to exorcise the demons so she could get better. But she resisted and became violent. "

Yes, because being possessed by evil spirits is the only reason someone would violently resist being drowned by a waterfall.

10/2/2011 5:33:08 AM

aaa

Kids, this is why you don't waterboard celestial beings.

10/2/2011 6:04:18 AM

LAchlan

So not only did the daughter have to contend with physical and mental illness, she had to be tortured as well. What a great dad!

10/2/2011 6:05:37 AM

Bollox

Religious lunacy. It knows no boundaries.

10/2/2011 6:35:43 AM

Fizzy

I think that may be the first No-True-Buddhist I've seen.

10/2/2011 6:35:58 AM

Philbert McAdamia

The girl had undergone the ritual a hundred times before since March, police also said.

Tough chick! That Iraqi guy at Gitmo was only 'boarded 84 times and he's bitching about it.



Mr Maishigi reportedly claimed that his daughter was possessed and found the monk to perform the ritual to exorcise the demons so she could get better. But she resisted and became violent.

Well, duh! Anybody who wouldn't willingly go to get waterboarded 100 or more times must br either nuts or possessed.

(Patches beat me to it. Curses.)

10/2/2011 6:41:38 AM

TGRwulf

She became violent? Gee, I wonder why? Idiots.

10/2/2011 6:51:30 AM

Percy Q. Shunn

GOP insiders are now sending memos to each other, proclaiming the need to "exorcise" the Gitmo detainees.

10/2/2011 7:16:33 AM

KittyKaboom

That poor girl. She had physical and mental illnesses, nothing more and probably would have responded to treatment had she been given the chance.

I've studied a good bit about Buddhism, and this doesn't sound like anything I've ever learned. I'm not an expert, but it seems that this kind of practice runs counter to the core teachings and beliefs of the religion.

10/2/2011 7:27:42 AM

rebel

Wow! Never thought I'd hear of a Buddhist fundie!! Seems to oppose every bit of the Buddhist philosophy though.

I certainly hope someone will be held accountable for the murder of an innocent girl!

10/2/2011 7:48:31 AM



Let's be honest. With that attitude, I am keen to think that it's YOU guys, the ones possesed by whatever evil spirit around.

10/2/2011 8:08:54 AM



I think that treatment may have been the cause of her mental illness, not a cure.
Thats just sad.

10/2/2011 8:39:48 AM

Papabear

Another case of the religious killing innocent children.

10/2/2011 8:58:48 AM

zipperback

Did we ever have a Buddhist on here before?

10/2/2011 9:00:55 AM

Zeus Almighty

Is this the first Buddhist fundie entry?

10/2/2011 9:46:03 AM

Extraintrovert

Well damn. And I thought Japan was relatively bereft of religious crazies and settled on the other types of crazies instead. One of those occasions where I do not enjoy being surprised.

This type of thing infuriates me more than most of the posts. I mean, there is plenty of disgusting or outright horrifying things on this site, but usually it's just the impotent rage of people yelling at their computers. Here, however, a child DIED because her parent, who is supposed to care for her, was too fucking stupid to face reality and preferred delusion instead. Probably why I come here more often than I read the news, because laughing at the words of idiots is easier than laughing at the actions of idiots.

@KittyKaboom
"I've studied a good bit about Buddhism, and this doesn't sound like anything I've ever learned. I'm not an expert, but it seems that this kind of practice runs counter to the core teachings and beliefs of the religion."

Yeah, you'd never expect a fundie to ignore even the teachings of their own damn sect to better fit with their own opinions, or just whenever it suits them. That is such a rare occurrence.

10/2/2011 9:46:24 AM

Osiris

@OtakuX: Kind of like how when moderate Christians are forced to look at the more extreme sects of Christianity and respond by saying "This is less a sect of Christianity and more a cult based loosely on Christianity."

Actually, that does explain Christian fundies.

10/2/2011 9:59:11 AM

Number 6

A Buddhist fundie. Will wonders never cease.

Anyway, I thought exoricsm was a mainly Christian ritual. I haven't seen any reference to it in the Buddhist texts I've studied. Can someone enlighten me on this?

10/2/2011 10:02:00 AM

OtakuX

@osiris
No, apparently cults are oddly common in Japan. Calling this cult Buddhist is like calling Scientology Christian.

@Number 6
It's not really Buddhism. I read about this at another website that had a few more details about the cult.

10/2/2011 10:37:46 AM

Canadia

Fuck the labels. Fundamentalist idiocy resulting in unspeakable horrors is fundamentalist idiocy resulting in unspeakable horrors. It doesn't matter if the people responsible believe in His Toasterness, they killed someone.

10/2/2011 10:41:55 AM

Brianisha

ergh things like this are why i claim no religion these days.

10/2/2011 10:44:38 AM



On behalf of sane Buddhists, I must remind all that the Shingon sect is very secretive, fringish, and a tiny minority of all buddhists.

It is old though, having been in JAPAN since the 9th century c.e. It exorcises Radient Genji of the "Sixth Street" Lady's spirit in Genji Monogatari.

10/2/2011 10:55:46 AM

Agahnim

@rebel

To be honest, this is the first time I've seen a Buddhist fundie on this site.

10/2/2011 11:08:19 AM

Panz

Remember kids, waterboarding for the CIA is wrong, waterboarding for your deity is perfectly ok

10/2/2011 11:10:25 AM
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