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  • Colombia Exorcism

    ABC's Bob Woodruff traveled deep into the Andes Mountains of Western Colombia, to the tiny village of La Cumbra, where families are willing to pay a months' salary in hopes that they will be saved by one of South America's most sought-after spiritual leaders.
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  • Colombia Exorcism

    Villagers call Brother Hermes Cifuente "El Exorcista" or "The Exorcist." His services don't come cheap. He charges the equivalent of $35 U.S. dollars for a diagnosis and $250 US dollars for an actual exorcism.
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  • Colombia Exorcism

    For the exorcism, participants are covered in dirt, flowers and limes, then draped in white sheets and green and red ribbons. Eggs are placed at their feet and head. They hold wooden crosses in their hands and in between their toes while lying on the ground inside a ring of fire.
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  • Colombia Exorcism

    A woman named Olga came to Brother Hermes, claiming that a woman put a curse on her that she be killed. As Brother Hermes began the exorcism, Olga reacted violently, thrashing around. After a 20 minute confrontation, Olga claimed she was healed.
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  • Colombia Exorcism

    As a second generation exorcist, Brother Hermes said he has battled thousands of demons over the past 25 years. The worst case he said he had ever seen was a woman who came to him and told him she was cursed to act like a frog.
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  • Colombia Exorcism

    ABC's Bob Woodruff pictured here with Brother Hermes Cifuente.
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  • Colombia Exorcism

    Local Catholic leaders disapprove of Brother Hermes Cifuente's work, saying it's all an act. But even today, the Catholic Church has an 84-page book called, "Of Exorcisms and Certain Supplications," a guide for getting rid of the devil.
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  • Colombia Exorcism

    Whether he is a man of God or just another sly huckster, there is no denying Brother Hermes' impact on the people who come to see him. Their belief is that this simple man can change their lives.
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  • Colombia Exorcism

    A woman named Claudia, shown here, came to Brother Hermes, claiming her ex-husband had put a curse on her so she would never love another man and she wanted to be cured.
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  • Colombia Exorcism

    Claudia told Brother Hermes Cifuente she had seen a witch inside of her that looked like a horrible animal and she could feel the evil spirit burning her face.
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  • Colombia Exorcism

    After the exorcism, Claudia said she felt "relief in my chest" and believes deeply in Brother Hermes' methods.
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