Mexican Black Magic in the News

From the NYT:

To kill a man, Alejandro Gallegos García explains, all you need is a black cloth doll, some thread, a human bone and a toad. Oh, and you must ask the devil permission, in person, at a cave in the hills where he is said to appear.

I don’t have cable, but if Alejandro Gallegos García was brought on as a regular commentator on a major news network, I’d get it in a heartbeat.  It’s not as if he’d be any worse than most of the pundits, and it’d be interesting.  “For Hillary to secure the nomination, she needs to go to this cave…”

What James McKinley Jr. presents here is yet another fascinating glimpse into the world of Mexican spiritual practice, of which even most occultists in the states know little or nothing.  It’s somewhat marred with unclear statements like this:

The town holds an International Congress of Witches on the first Friday of every March.

During the event, a black mass is held at the mouth of the cave where the devil supposedly loiters. An oversize six-pointed star — they call it a Star of David — is set alight, to the delight of photographers.

Is it the reporter who’s calling this a black mass?   The people running it?  The people who go to it?  The critics of it?  Does the presence of the Star of David show that it’s not a black mass, or is this a relic of colonial times, when Spanish morality plays and sermons incited anti-Semitism in populations that had never seen a Jew?  (Even today, the darker side of Palo is sometimes referred to as “Jewish,” as opposed to the lighter, “Christian” side.)  It’s impossible to tell from this.

Nonetheless, it’s an informative piece, and the slideshow and audio interview are also of interest.

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