Devil letter written by a possessed nun in 1676 finally translated


During the 17th century in 1679, a Sicilian nun, Sister Maria Crocifissa della Concezione at the convent of Palma di Montechiaro claimed she got possessed by the devil and the devil wrote a letter through her to humans.

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The letter which became known as the “letter from the devil” could not be translated back then as it was written in coded words but thanks to a team at the Ludum Science Centre in Catania, they used a program they found on the dark web to unscramble the words.

According to reports, Sister Maria woke up one morning in 1676, “covered in ink with the mysterious letter in front of her.” She told the other sisters in the convent “she had been possessed by Satan and that he had forced her to write a message.”

The other sisters believed Sister Maria had been possessed by the devil and came to believe that the devil wanted “to convince Sister Maria to turn away from God.” They tried to decode the message but were not able to and even the generations of nuns who came after them could also not make sense of the code so they displayed it at the convent where over the years, a lot of people tried to decode but were unable to either till now.

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Devil letter written by a possessed nun in 1676 finally translated

By using the dark web, the team were able to translate 15 lines of the letter and found out it was about the relationship between humans, God and Satan. This is what they translated;

“God thinks he can free mortals. God was invented by man. This system works for no one. Perhaps now, Styx is certain (referencing the River Styx that separates the Earth and the Underworld in Greek and Roman mythology.)” The letter also describes the Holy Trinity: God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as” dead weights.”

According to the team, “the letter is rambling and not entirely consistent and understandable.” Reports claim Sister Maria was very adept at linguistics during her time at the convent, which makes scientists believe that the letter was “written in a language of her own invention.”

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This also supports modern scientific theory which states that “rather than being ‘possessed by the devil’, Sister Maria suffered from schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.” Someone, Abete, told news reporters, “I personally believe that the nun had a good command of languages, which allowed her to invent the code, and may have suffered from a condition like schizophrenia, which made her imagine dialogues with the Devil.”