Never play with spirits: True-to-life tales from high school

I never believed in “sapi”, “sanib” or “being possessed by spirits” until I personally witnessed it.

When we were first year high school students, my batchmates (dormmates) and I used to gather in one of the rooms and “play” spirit of the coin. We would post “Don’t Disturb: Recording going on” on our doors so that nobody would disturb our session.

At first it was just out of boredom and we would ask silly teenager questions like “Does X has a crush on Y?” and the coin would move to “Yes” or “No”. I honestly thought my friends were just playing jokes and they were the ones who were moving the coin. About twenty of us would gather in one room and huddle around the tiny piece of paper with the coin on it. Sometimes, although I’m no longer interested, I won’t leave the room because I’m too scared to go back to my room.

We soon got tired of the easy and boring questions and started asking harder and scarier ones. Like “how did you die?”. And the coin would start spelling “r-a-p-e” and “h-e-l-p” A few of us got scared and others were just skeptical. We also got more scary question-and-answer sessions and soon decided that it was time to stop.

A few years later, when we were already juniors, the movie “The Craft” became popular and some of our batchmates even bought books on witch craft. We “practiced” levitation and chanting on each other in the dorm during the weekends. “Light as a feather, stiff as a board…” It wasn’t really serious, we were just having fun and experimenting.

While we were having our Dorm Halloween party in the canteen, I went to the open field (between the girls and boys dormitories) with three of my friends. There we started to “invoke” the spirits the way the four girls in the movie “The Craft” did. It was almost midnight.

Of course, nothing weird happened during that time and we just laughed at ourselves and went inside the canteen to dance with our friends.  However, weird things did start to happen the night after our little “joke”.

One of our friends started screaming and acting strange. Friends prayed with her until she started acting normal again. However on Monday morning, while we were having our flag ceremony,  she got “possessed” again. The teachers came to her rescue and brought her in the prayer room. But things just got weirder. Students from other year levels were getting “possessed” too.

There were lots of screaming and people passing out. One of the girls from the sophies was saying things in a different language. She was really strong, a number of people were holding her but she still managed to push them away. I got goosebumps all over my body.

Classes were suspended on that day. Those who lived in the city were asked to go home while the dormers stayed behind and were asked to gather in the hall. The teachers started to investigate about what happened. They inspected our rooms in the dorm and anything related to black magic or witch craft were confiscated – including Archie (comic books – because of Sabrina, the teenage witch) and magic cards. They were all burnt. And we were prohibited from using or buying any of them again.

The atmosphere in the whole school was eerie and scary. Others were just happy that classes were canceled, a few were nonchalant but a number of us (including me) got really, really scared.

Obviously we have all moved on since that day in our high school life. Maybe many of us already forgot about those incidents but I have never forgotten – especially the lesson I learned: “Never, ever disturb and play with spirits. Unless you want them to disturb you.”

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