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Posted on Thursday, July 13 - 2006

When pop star Avril Lavigne and the late Pope John Paul II visited Indonesia, a Javanese mystic was called in to work his magic and ensure a rain-free event. INDONESIAN mystic Haryobintoro Tjakra enters a small hut and kneels before the tools of his trade: incense, a bowl of dirt, two black umbrellas and a ceramic burner on which he piles chunks of wood. Bowing his head, he lights the burner, sending fragrant fumes swirling up to the hut’s exhaust fan, and prays in Javanese: the rain must stayaway.

“I pray to the gods via the medium of smoke,” the 69-year-old says, dressed in black pants and matching high-necked traditional shirt. Tjakra seeks blessings from the local spirits inhabiting Java long before Buddhism and Hinduism, and later Islam, arrived. Most Javanese are Muslim but many practise kejawen, a syncretic belief that incorporates the original animist belief system here. But to keep all the deities he can on his side, this Javanese shaman always makes his offerings facing west. Tjakra conducts the simple but well-practised ritual not in a temple or religious building but in a white,pre-fabricated hut in the bustling hub of modern Jakarta, surrounded by gleaming glass skyscrapers. He has been hired to keep the clouds at bay for three afternoons and evenings by a multi-national cigarette company holding an art exhibition and promotion event in the grounds of a major sports stadium.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 04 - 2012

More than 100 coffins have been desecrated by grave robbers making voodoo charms from body parts.The spate of grave robberies has been condemned by officials and spiritual leaders alike in the West African country of Benin. Those responsible have been resuming bodies from cemeteries, making voodoo good luck charms from the parts and then selling them on for a sizable profit."The desecration ofgraves is about money in this region," said cemetery director Joseph Afaton.

"It is for sacrifices, or for bewitching." This isn"t the only such case to hit the news in recent times either, last month five people were arrested in Thailand for stealing human skulls and using them to make love charms. It"s a grave situation in the West African country of Benin where more than 100 coffins have reportedly been desecrated in a cemetery near thecapital city of Porto Novo, and dozens of bodies mutilated.  

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Posted on Saturday, May 12 - 2012

The killing of two horses during a recent lunar event has marked a rise in ritualistic animal deaths.Police in Cornwall are investigating what happened to the animals during the recent "Supermoon" event, one horse was found beheaded on a beach with a driftwood cross next to it while the other was found mutilated in a field. "I’ve seen many carcasses of seals and dolphins washed up on the foreshore overthe years and some have been mutilated as the result of propeller injuries," said a local fisherman.

"This animal has no such injuries and the head seems to have been removed surgically as a clean cut. The way it was arranged makes me shudder. It really seems like some sort of black magic ceremony has taken place." Both attacks happened around the time of the recent “supermoon”. The beheaded horse was found on Pentewan beach near Mevagissey,Cornwall, on Bank Holiday Monday with “Rest in Peace” written in the sand beside it.  

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Posted on Thursday, May 14 - 2009

Late one night in a small Alabama cemetery, Vance Vanders had a run-in with the local witch doctor, who wafted a bottle of unpleasant-smelling liquid in front of his face, and told him he was about to die and that no one could save him. Back home, Vanders took to his bed and began to deteriorate. Some weeks later, emaciated and near death, he was admitted to the local hospital, where doctors were unable to find a cause for his symptoms or slow his decline. Only then did his wife tell one of the doctors, Drayton Doherty, of the hex.Doherty thought long and hard. The next morning, he called Vanders's family to his bedside. He told them that the previous night he had lured the witch doctor back to the cemetery, where he had choked him against a tree until he explained how the curse worked. The medicine man had, he said, rubbed lizard eggs into Vanders's stomach, which had hatched inside his body. One reptile remained, which was eating Vanders from the inside out.Great ceremonyDoherty then summoned a nurse who had, by prior arrangement, filled a large syringe with a powerful emetic. With great ceremony, he inspected the instrument and injected its contents into Vanders' arm. A few minutes later, Vanders began to gag and vomit uncontrollably. In the midst of it all, unnoticed by everyone in the room, Doherty produced his pièce de résistance - a green lizard he had stashed in his black bag. "Look what has come out of you Vance," he cried. "The voodoo curse is lifted."Vanders did a double take, lurched backwards to the head of the bed, then drifted into a deep sleep. When he woke next day he was alert and ravenous. He quickly regained his strength and was discharged a week later.The facts of this case from 80 years ago were corroborated by four medical professionals. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about it is that Vanders survived. There are numerous documented instances from many parts of the globe of people dying after being cursed.With no medical records and no autopsy results, there's no way to be sure exactly how these people met their end. The common thread in these cases, however, is that a respected figure puts a curse on someone, perhaps by chanting or pointing.

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