Venezuela folk religion seen in secretive rituals

Thousands of Venezuelans congregated for candlelit rituals on a remote mountainside where adherents make an annual pilgrimage to pay homage to an indigenous goddess known as Maria Lionza.

The traditions centered on Maria Lionza are hundreds of years old and draw on elements of the Afro-Caribbean religion Santeria and indigenous rituals, as well as Catholicism.

Very strange …

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2 Replies to “Venezuela folk religion seen in secretive rituals”

  1. Santeria is, by definition, a melding of african religions gods with catholicism – much like voodoo.

    This seems like a local version of santeria.

    And believe me, the power of the demonic is very strong in these local religions.

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