A Simple Southern Recipe for Exorcising Haunted Houses

I learned an easy Southern recipe for performing an exorcism on a haunted house today.  A few of the nurses I know gave me this wonderful glimpse into Southern culture and a way that they say always works to clear a house of dark spirits.

One of the nurses I know  learned this after her grandfather passed away.  Apparently, her grandfather  was a cranky old man who yelled a lot and called people names.  He was not the type of spirit you would want lingering in your house.  When he was alive, he used to demand people get him things.  When he was sick, he always yelled for his water.  After he passed on, his spirit kept barking orders and he was especially noisy about the water.

Her grandmother knew just what to do about the problem.  She used an old Southern remedy.  She called several of her lady friends over and they did a prayer service in the house and when they were done they used red nail polish to mark every door frame in the house with a small cross.  This ritual was originally done in the owner's blood, but her grandmother didn't want blood all over her house and she figured nail polish would do just as well.  It did work just as well and no one heard from grandpa's ghost again.

My friend was lucky she learned this old remedy, because she needed it again later on.  She bought a house that she later learned had been built on the site of another house.  The first house had been burnt down and taken a few souls to their untimely death with it.  The developers had built a new house on top of the ashes of the old house.  My friend's house was a problem because of this.  One door in particular opened on it's own and no matter how many times it was locked or latched it always popped back open.  My friend used the same ritual her grandmother had used when she was a child and the door never opened again.


Sharon Day said…
That's a good one. I remember as a kid hearing that you just hang a bobby pin over ever doorway with the pointed sides up. I'd like to see someone explain that to dinner guests. I'm fascinated by those rituals.
Grim said…
This is cool. I wish there were a book of rituals like this somewhere. I'd be interested in the origins. I'll definitely write this one down though in case I need it. Just don't know where I can find a bunch of old ladies to help me carry it out and I'm so much more privy to using read blood, lol!
Jessica Penot said…
Grim,, I think the origins come from the blood of the lamb, like from the passover story where they put the blood of the lamb on the doorway and the first born son was spared. Maybe it would be more effective if you used real blood, lol!
Courtney Mroch said…
I LOVE the title of this post! (And TOTALLY fascinating subject matter too!)

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