You can see this happening in pretty much any clip of William F. Buckley. He's like the bug in the skin suit from Men in Black.
Different personalities fight for control of the body, the face twitches, switches from grin to grimace, growls, spit, drools. Spirits sweep in the wind.
So we look into the mirror and see different consciousnesses animate our faces, a parade of possible personalities, bumptious, saintly, forlorn, grave, growling, feral, snarling,
latent potentialities waiting to be actualised, a chaos of souls without bodies, gnashing and wailing
Occupy the space for a moment
Christianity has that too tbf, speaking in tongues and all that.Possession isn't really a bad thing in Afro-Caribbean religion though. It's how the spirits communicate information to individuals and the community at large.
i googled the word possessed one time while writing an essay at like 3am (thrilling story, i know) and remember being genuinely shaken by the image results which showed "real life" photos of people before and after they became possessed by demons. to luka's point in the harlequin thread, it's unsettling how much a change in your inner psychology can seem to alter your outward appearance.I remember reading an illustrated Dean Koontz thing as a kid called Oddkins which was like a nastier Toy Story with a human character who ended up possessed and it had this really unnerving (at the time) illustration of him looking into a bathroom mirror and this demonic face looking back.
Not closely, but I'm aware of it. Very unsettling. Saw someone tweeting about it the other day.did you follow elsagate? to me that felt like a defining event of the late 2010s. a glimpse of the malevolence underlying this infinity of brightly colored, vacuous, infantalized, seemingly autogenerating content. (youtube but also buzzfeed, tiktok etc.) now i guess you don’t have to go as far down the algorithmic rabbit hole to reach these bizarre and unsettling, unaccounted-for forces. they’ve reached us.
so that was one of the most recent examples of "there's something living in this stuff" i can think of.
Speaking in tongues is nonsensical though. When the lwa posses someone in Vodou (say) they will have clear messages.Christianity has that too tbf, speaking in tongues and all that.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.