December 6th, 2012

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Specific Shinto rituals for exorcising a location

Setting is a starship in the year 3012. Their mission is to research a variety of malevolent psychic and frequently reality-warping entities that possess ships and attempt to lure boarding parties for more victims. Their ship's AI is actually an artificially-created and (apparently) benevolent entity that works on the same principles. My scientist character is trying to find ways to directly harm these entities, and one of the lines of investigation she's looking into is trying traditional methods of driving out evil spirits/negative energy from a place, on the logic that these entities have probably existed for much longer than space travel and some of those old rituals might actually have something to them. She's spent most of her life in Japan, so I figure she'd be most familiar with Shinto and try that first.

I've searched Google for "driving out evil spirits Shinto", "shinto exorcism", and "shinto exorcism rituals" and "shinto exorcism rituals locations", and from that I know that she's probably going to need an ounusa or haraegushi to shake around, but I don't know any details other than that. Are there any particular chants that might go with it? She has a severe speech impediment and mobility issues; would that, ritualistically speaking, mess it up? If so, could she get one of her teammates who don't have a speech impediment but don't actually understand Japanese to do it by rote?

I've also found a lot of stuff about purifying people, but they can't exactly make one of these "Nightmare Ships" go sit under a waterfall.

Any information on other religions' exorcism methods would also be appreciated for if/when the Game Master decides that this doesn't work, but I figure I'll research those separately when the time comes.

ETA: Talked to my GM and linked him to this. We both agreed that the fact my scientist is an abstracted consciousness still imperfectly plugged into her body's timey-wimeified remains (okay, she's a sci-fi zombie, but we're very determinedly Not Using The Z-Word in-universe) is going to be prohibitive to her meeting the ritual purity requirement, so she's going to be giving one of her teammates the supplies and detailed instructions, which include "avoid me and [other undead teammate] like the plague for a week or so". I've also ordered a used copy of that book mentioned and will probably end up taking a lot of notes from that. Thanks, everyone! :3

[ANSWERED] School Terms Used in Germany in the 60s/70s

Hi all,

ANSWERED. Thanks!

Background: My MC's mother was born in 1956 and lived in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Question: How might she express saying that she's in a specific grade in Gymnasium? I've already asked people over in Multilingual, and they gave me a starting point. Apparently, they used to use this system:

5th school year = Sexta (student = Sextaner)
6th school year = Quinta (student = Quintaner)
7th school year = Quarta (student = Quartaner)
8th school year = Untertertia (student = (Unter)Tertianer)
9th school year = Obertertia (student = (Ober)Tertianer)
10th school year = Untersekunda (student = (Unter)Sekundaner)
11th school year = Obersekunda (student = (Ober)Sekundaner)
12th school year = Unterprima (student = (Unter)Primaner)
13th school year= Oberprima (student = (Ober)Primaner)

But according to the German Wikipedia, they decided to switch to using the numbered year and '-klässen' for primary/secondary students in the 60s and it didn't completely switch to that way of saying it everywhere until the late 70s.

So which one would it have been more likely for my MC's mother to use? I'm looking specifically for first-hand information, but close guesses would also work.

Googled: This link: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jahrgangsstufe and used the Multilingual comm.