The spirit associated with murder is the Sawa nat, which is believed to take possession of its victims, causing them to kill right and left. This nat, by the way, is supposed to be very difficult to get rid of; people afflicted must be prepared to sacrifice all their belongings before they can hope to be freed from the murderous obsession.An old man of seventy, said to be possessed of this evil spirit, took his gun, thrust it through the crevice of his son's hut, and shot his little grand-daughter, aged six. When examined in Court he declared that he did not remember killing the girl, but everyone was so positive about it that he supposed he must have done so!During the trial the ancient was suddenly seized with convulsions, shaking his hand-cuffs and kicking at his chains in [a] most violent fashion for about half-an-hour. This in itself was strange enough, considering his weak and emaciated state; but he also kept singing a Kachin saga, which ceased abruptly the fit passed. When he came to himself again he was unable to account for his behaviour, except to plead that it must have been due to the Sawa nat.We tried to convince ourselves that the whole performance was just play-acting, but the grave countenances of the Kachin witnesses made it clear that they, at least, believed in and sympathised with the sufferer. After several more attacks, the trial was suspended and the accused sent for medical observation. The doctor's verdict was that he was suffering from some curious form of epilepsy.
So off to the internet I went. I found about 1000 cases where people were reporting their experiences. I used the first 500 that I found to make a crude study. The weight of the statistics told [to my view] a strong story: OUI-JA experiences started out childishly and fun, turned odd and a bit creepy, then turned dark. The majority of the persons reporting said that the experiences were negative and were not going "back in". A third said that the board was constantly into a morbid death theme and almost a quarter said that they themselves were given death threats. The most stunning element to me was the 40% reporting of poltergeist-like activities ultimately breaking out.