This video of a man fainting when his ear is pierced has been shared more than a million times after online commentators claimed it showed the man was possessed by the devil.
In popular myth, demons who have possessed human victims can be driven out by the use of pain as they are cowards and cannot bear their own suffering.
So when the young man, identified as Tomas, who is reportedly from Argentina, fainted while having his ear pierced people lined up to say it was proof that Satan was at work.
The video, which was seen more than 1.57 million times on Twitter in under 48 hours, shows the moment Tomas is sitting waiting to have his ear pierced.
But as the piercing takes place the man suddenly faints with his eyes going white.
The man next to him wearing white gloves is then forced to try and keep the fainted man in his place and to stop him collapsing to the floor.
Tomas wrote afterwards: “In just a second I was in Narnia”. He was referring to the fantasy world created by C. S. Lewis in The Chronicles of Narnia which the characters that visited it often confused with being in a dream world.
The video was seen more than 1.57 million times and has been commented on by more than 10,000 netizens, receiving more than 84,000 likes.
‘luugil94’ commented: “This is Satan telling you not to do the piercing”.
And ‘Parrillaxfd’ commented: “The eyes, this is not fainting, the Satan itself went into him”.
Others were less convinced about the possession angle, like ‘ian_rodriguez5’ who said: “it happened the same to me, but I think it was worse when I had blood taken, you must be scared of needles”.
‘melinaadaniela’ said: “Man, I had five earrings in the ear with a needle, do not be idiot”.
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