Ghana Possessed


This interesting programme takes a closer look at Pentecostal Christianity – a contemporary religion that sets out to fight heathendom and break the alliance between the Ghanaians and their ancestral spirits.


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Ghana Possessed

Ghana Possessed

Today, in modern Africa, the radical and fast spreading Pentecostal Christianity is leading a spiritual crusade against the old gods of West Africa. The Pentecostal pastors are taking up the millennia-old battle with heathendom, trying once and for all to break the ancient alliance between the Ghanaians and their ancestral spirits. In the process, the women of Ghana are given a radically different role in the moralist worldview of modern Pentecostalism.

The film takes us head first into a modern spiritual reality, where gods and man still meet. In the village temple the priestesses invoke their ancestral gods and dance in trance possessed by the spirits. The demon hunter Bishop has formed a “spirit exorcism camp” where ancestral spirits are traced and tortured. We follow Bishop as he joins the Holy Spirit in revealing and expelling the spirits hiding in his congregation.

In the suburbs of Accra, crowds of spirit possessed Ghanaians walk through the streets as random bystanders get caught by the spirit and fall into trance. And in a church, demonic forces has possessed a shy young girl, and the exorcists fight for hours to expel it, but in vain. At last they give up and send home the congregation, and as the mad howling of the girl continues, they call in their oldest exorcist.

With intensely raw and naturally dramatic footage, Ghana Possessed gives us a rare and penetrating insight into a contemporary living religion where gods and spirits enter directly into people’s lives.

Director Linus Mørk
Producers Linus Mørk & Rune Hjarnø Rasmussen
Produced by Vegins Ild
Duration 52 min.
Year of Production 2008
Original Title Ghanas Dæmoner