Naughty naked nuns cavorting in public scene from The Devils

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Today’s post should be a winner with all aficionados of saucy cenobites featuring as it does a clip from the 1971 film The Devils in which a posse of naughty naked nuns disport themselves in front of a large audience. The Devils is a film adaptation of the book The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley which is itself a treatment of the infamous Loudun possessions of the 1630s. The basic story is that one of the nuns at the Ursuline convent in Loudun claimed that a local priest called Urbain Grandier had employed black magic to spirit himself into the convent and had furthermore summoned a demon to possess her and force her to perform sexual acts with him. Things escalated into a 17th century nun version of the Me Too movement as more and more of the nuns repeated the accusations and Grandier was arrested. Despite the fact that even at the time most people thought the possessions were a hoax the convent received vast amounts of publicity as people came from far and wide to see the supposedly demon crazed sisters performing all manner of lewd and blasphemous acts. The unfortunate Grandier was convicted on all counts and publicly burned at the stake on the grounds that his accusers could not all be making it up. Despite the execution of the supposed instigator of the possessions the sisters continued to perform their antics for several more years until the novelty of naughty naked nuns wore thin and public interest waned whereupon things at the convent returned to normal. Although the film employs a certain amount of artistic license this scene seems to be a fair approximation of the sort of antics the saucy sisters put on for their audience. The moral of this story is that if you want your party to go with a swing then invite some possessed nuns (but get yourself a good lawyer). If you are interested you can learn more about the Loudun possessions here.


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