Exorcisms on a Grande Scale
In order to help satisfy humanity’s insatiable appetite for believing in nonsense, a cafe in Bangkok, Thailand is open for business serving drinks, foods, and spells. The cafe is called the Ace of Cups (reference to a tarot card) and aside from selling beverages and cakes which correspond to your astrological sign, they are also in the business of lifting “curses” and performing “exorcisms”.
As described by the recent article at Vice.com:
In the loft, there are amulets, stones, and candles for sale. A fake bookshelf hides an unfinished staircase that leads to the top floor, where an altar is set up to perform spiritual cleansings and love spells.
When they pressed the owners in the interview some more about the exorcisms, here is how they replied:
“We have several ways to draw an evil spirit out. We start with sound therapy like tuning forks and singing bowls and move on to using fire. Once the spirit is out, we have to do protection spells. It takes a long time and is really complicated. We don’t get too many requests for the stronger spells, like curse-lifting or exorcism. It’s not that they don’t happen—they do!”
The owners admit they are catering to a younger crowd whose interest in the occult is on the rise, and with services such as post-exorcism protection spells, they are certainly taking full advantage of their customer’s credulousness. So once again, rationality and reality take a back seat to the allure and appeal of magical thinking.