The Dybbuk is a very malicious spirit from Jewish folklore that can become so evil that it leaves many thinking is this a demon or ghost? This evil entity comes from Jewish mythology. The Dybbuk is usually male and in early biblical and Talmudic accounts are called "Ruchim" meaning "spirits" in Hebrew. In the 16th century, becoming known as "Dybbuks" which translates to "clinging spirit" in Yiddish.
What is a Dybbuk and What Causes a Dybbuk Possession?
Accounts of why a Dybbuk possesses a living person / living being tend to vary widely, but here we list all the possible reasons.
Version 1 - The dislocated soul has done evil deeds and suffered "Karet" as a result. "Karet" means that the entity was cut off from God for these evil deeds done during their life.
Version 2 - This possessing spirit is thought to be a dislocated soul of a dead person who is seeking to take life back or finish a particular goal by force. The Dybbuk will cling and adhere to the living being host with some accounts stating that this spirit will leave the possessed victim after its work is complete if the aim is to complete unfinished business. Some Dybbuk may be helped and will exit the host body afterward.
Version 3 - In some cases, the entity is more confused than evil.
What Can Be Possessed?
A Dybbuk must possess a living being which varies from a blade of grass, an animal, with a human being the preferred vessel/target. Women are often the most susceptible or those with a neglected mezuzah, or simply a less spiritual home.
The Opposite of the Dybbuk
The opposite to the Dybbuk is the Ibbur, a righteous ancestor spirit who possesses the host vessel. The Ibbur will always ask permission before possessing the living being. Another version is the "Maggid" which is not an ancestor but is a righteous spirit who may possess with permission.
How to Get Rid of a Dybbuk?
Getting rid of the Dybbuk can be done through an Exorcism which will release the possessing spirit from the host and free this soul from its wandering.
Most basic exorcisms require a pious man who is sometimes assisted by a "Maggid" or an Angel. Some reports claim an exorcism must be performed in the presence of a minyan (a group of usually ten male Jewish adults) or at a synagogue; sometimes both are required.
The exorcism will start with the interview of the Dybbuk. This interview is done to learn why the Dybbuk is still wandering and will help figure out how to convince the Dybbuk to leave. If the Dybbuk"s name can be determined, that would allow the person conducting the ritual the power to command the Dybbuk.
After the interview is complete, the next and final stage is the Dybbuk exorcism.
This last step also varies with the most common being (according to author Howard Chajes) with a combination of adjurations and various props.
- The exorcist will hold an empty flask and a white candle. He will then chant/recite a formulaic adjuration asking the Dybbuk its name if not already discovered in the Dybbuk interview. The Dybbuk is then commanded to leave the person afflicted and fill the flask. The dislocated soul will then enter into the flask causing the flask to glow red. The red glow confirms a successful exorcism.
Medical diagnoses claim that Dybbuk possession is the result of a "hysterical syndrome."
"True Story" Dybbuk Box eBay Listing
In this case, a 103-year-old grandmother left behind a "Dybbuk box" in an estate sale. She originally brought with her this haunted object after leaving Poland while it was then occupied by the N*zi before her immigration to the United States.
This haunted box then comes into the possession of an antique dealer and future owner Kevin Mannis in Portland, Oregon. Mannis" mother suffered a stroke on the same day he gave her the evil box as a birthday present - Halloween October 31, 2001.
Mannis opened the box and found "two 1920s pennies, a lock of blonde hair bound with cord, a lock of black/brown hair bound with cord, a small statue engraved with the Hebrew word "Shalom", a small golden wine goblet, one dried rose bud, and a single candle holder with four octopus-shaped legs."
After this series of bad luck from the evil spirit, Mannis quickly lists the item on eBay as a "haunted wine cabinet" or "haunted wine box."
The box is bought for $140 by a college student, Iosif Nietzke, in Missouri who also falls victim to the mysterious misfortunes attached to the box after opening the box. He then sells the box for double what he paid to a curator, Jason Haxton, at the Truman State University Museum. This curator wrote a book containing his bad luck accounts which were then published in a piece featured in the Los Angeles Times.
Jason Haxton later became credited as a "production consultant" to The Possession (2012) film. The film The Possession is slightly different from other demon possession movies.
Every owner of the box has reported that the box smells of cat urine or jasmine flowers and they have all suffered nightmares involving an old hag accompany the box.
Media and Popular Culture
The Possession (2012) - Sam Raimi produced is a horror film based on the "true story" based on the Dybbuk box, a ceremonial "wine cabinet" used to contain the Dybbuk.
The Unborn (2009) - Directed/written by David S. Goyer about a Dybbuk that attaches itself to a young woman.
Rugrats episodes titled "Monster in the Garage" and "Toys in the Attic."
The Whispers Season 1 Episode 9 titled "Broken Child."
Paranormal Witness Season 2 Episode 4 titled "The Dybbuk Box."
Deadly Possessions (Ghost Adventures spinoff TV series) Season 1 Episode 1 titled "Robert the Doll/The Dibbuk Box."
Rapper Post Malone visited Ghost Adventures host Zak Bagans"s Haunted Museum in Las Vegas on June 2018 whereafter he experienced a series of bad luck.
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Tablet Mag (http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/110461/shlocky-horror-picture-show)
Los Angeles Times (https://articles.latimes.com/2004/jul/25/entertainment/ca-gornstein25)
Dybbuk Box (http://www.dibbukbox.com/story.htm)
Jewish Virtual Library (https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/judaica/ejud_0002_0005_0_05197.html)