Darius Karani will allow a spirit medium into his Botany,
East Auckland, restaurant. Photo / Jason Dorday
The new boss of a restaurant that has sent five owners
broke in three years wants an exorcist to check the property
for evil spirits.
Auckland businessman Darius Karani is setting up an Asian
fusion restaurant in Bishop Dunn Place, Botany. He has run
successful firms in the food industry before but said the new
outlet presented a challenge.
"Nobody's ever been able to be successful at business over
there," Karani said. "They've always had a problem."
Karani said a local spirit medium had a possible solution.
"He said there are evil spirits over here so he's going to do
something and chase away all the spirits."
Karani said the medium wished to remain anonymous but was
expected to perform the exorcism in the next fortnight.
The building is owned by three trustees. Two were away this
weekend but a third laughed off talk about evil spirits and
said it was the first time he'd heard of it.
West Hamilton Anglican Parish vicar and exorcist Michael
Hewat said he performed three or four exorcisms a year. He
said ridding a business of demons was unusual. "I don't think
that's one of the Devil's main areas of activity, stopping
business. In fact, he's more likely to encourage it," he
Hewat believed markers of personal demonic possession
included supernatural strength, and intense evil of the kind
heard about in intensely gruesome crimes. He said he turned
down some exorcism requests from people with drug problems or
health issues who were blaming demons for their issues.
"Often people's lives are a complete mess and the demonic
manifestation's only one aspect of that."
Auckland philosopher Professor Ray Bradley said the idea of
demons existing was nonsensical.
"I believe the world we live in is not a demon-haunted
Humanist Society of New Zealand president Mark Fletcher said
exorcisms were a remnant of the Dark Ages.
"I think it's a pity that this sort of superstitious nonsense
is still prevalent in our society and people still fall for
it," he said.
- by John Weekes of the Herald on Sunday