‘I let witch doctors steam my wife alive’
He was told nothing would cure his wife’s ailments.
After other black magic rituals failed to cure his wife’s ailments, Yan Yingmao relented to the Chinese witch doctors’ wishes: she would be steamed alive until the “ghosts” were dispelled from her body.
The two men who had been “treating” the woman proceeded to place her inside a wooden barrel suspended over a large vat of slowly boiling water. “She seemed okay at first,” said Mr Yan, who lives in the remote village of Guangyuan deep in the mountains of south-western China.
As scalding hot vapour began to pass through the barrel, he was told to fetch a needle needed for the exorcism. “When I returned the screaming had begun,” Mr Yan told the Sunday Telegraph.
As his wife cried out in agony inside the barrel, he remonstrated with the two witch doctors. “They said the ritual must be concluded, and that the screams from my wife was the sound of demons leaving her body,” he said.