Few days ago, I read two news headlines, one here in Nigeria and another from the US, which had an uncanny link.
In Ibadan, Nigeria, two Voodoo ritualists were caught and arrested for being in possession of two fresh human heads and legs reportedly exhumed from a cemetery.
During interrogation, they confessed that these were occult ritual materials to attain material wealth. They intended to dry the human remains, burn and ground them into powdery form, mix it with soap, bathe with it and add some to a pap for consumption.
“After we have done this, some weird creatures, who we generally call spirits, will bring the money to us,” they said.
In Florida, a Voodoo priest was arrested for brutally torturing and killing a pit bull and disposing its body in a suitcase. Police found blood and animal remains throughout his apartment. He admitted that as a Voodoo practitioner, he has a right to kill animals.
Indeed, since 1993, the US Supreme Court has granted the right to Afro-Caribbean religions to sacrifice animals as this comes under the First Amendment which upholds the freedom of religion for all.
The connection between both stories is African paganism. Meanwhile, this is not the first time such grisly discoveries would be made in the US pointing to the growing influence of these Afro-Caribbean religions
Between the mid-16th century and 1888, millions of African slaves from Bantu, Yoruba, Fon, Lemba, Siniga and other tribal backgrounds were transported to the New World (Brazil, Cuba, and Dominica etc).
From here, these Africans merged African paganism with elements of Roman Catholicism and in some cases, American Indian traditions.
This religious hybrid resulted in Afro-Caribbean cults: Santeria, Giro, Candomblé, Obeah, Mesa Blanca, Palo Mayombe, Voodoo, Quimbanda and others. These religions are now finding strong foothold in the US (especially in Miami) and enjoying patronage even among notable celebrities whilst the original African pagan worship still flourishes in several parts of Africa.
In January 2014, authorities found human fetuses in a jar in the luggage of two women flying back to Miami from Havana. They told investigators that a Santeria priest had asked them to transport the jar.
In 2011, two Miami police department employees were fired for plotting to put a curse on a city manager by sprinkling birdseed in his office. In 2014, piles of headless cockerels and pigeons were found in the streets of Las Vegas, carried out in typical Voodoo style.
About that same time, sets of animal remains were found at strategic sites in Rochelle, New York. Police found decapitated goats and chickens wrapped in three layers of red, black and white clothes and strange symbols written on them.
Experts identified them as black magic rites associated with Palo Mayombe. Such rites are interwoven with African paganism in which sacrifices (animal and human) are offered to demon spirits in exchange for power, protection, fertility and elimination of rivals.
Now, a major difference between the western “white light” cults like Wicca, Neo-paganism, New Age groups etc. and African pagan systems is this: the former deals more with territorial less powerful demons while the latter deals more powerful demons.
That’s why the nature of their rites are miles apart. Wiccans may spend so much time offering cakes, fruits and wine to their deities, singing in the sun and dancing wildly in the forests but Santerios or Hoodoo practitioners, for example, don’t have time for such long, meticulous rites. They offer blood sacrifices to connect more vicious demons for their operations.
There have been historical and contemporary examples of the operations of powers wielded by these African religions, but I will cite the Haitian Revolution of 1791 as a noteworthy example.
This was a rebellion by the Haitans against European colonialism and it was spearheaded by Jacques Vincent Ogé. He was an affranchis representing the colony in France, who purchased weapons and led a revolt against the white colonial authorities in Saint-Domingue.
But before this revolution kicked off, it was preceeded by the Bois Caïman ritual ceremony in which Haitians made pacts with their deities and spirits (loas) to give them victory over the colonialists and it worked. According to a source:
“The Bois Caïman ceremony takes place in a thickly wooded area where the slaves solemnize their pact in a voodoo ritual. The ceremony is officiated by Boukman, a maroon leader and voodoo priest from Jamaica, and a voodoo high priestess. Various accounts from that night describe a tempestuous storm, animal sacrifices, and voodoo deities.” (Kona Shen, History of Haiti 1492-1802, Brown’s University Africana Studies, October 2015)
African pagan systems lay much emphasis on blood sacrifices. At first, initiates seeking success or wealth often start out with offering foods like cooked rice and stew to the spirits at specified locations (depending on the deities being appeased) but as they progress in their exposure, they are ordered to gruesomely torture and sacrifice live animals.
Soon, they start to swig animal and human blood like Cognac and use human sacrifices as “magickal shields” for drug trafficking, money laundering, destruction of enemies and Internet fraud
Sometime in 2016, I came across a public group on Facebook for people who intend to practice all forms of black magick. Its members consisted of Satanists, Voodoo experts and other black witches unashamedly dishing out prescriptions on how to deal with one’s offenders and invoke demons for different purposes.
What particularly caught my attention was a fellow Nigerian guy in their midst who identified as a “Christian” and a witch. I sent him a private message, trying to get him to reconsider his ways and renounce the hidden works of darkness.
When he replied to me months later, he said “Yes, I’m a Christian but I love witchcraft and I won’t leave it … If you study me, you won’t graduate!” How tragic; a case of proverbial frog in the kettle being slowly boiled to its death. There’s no power, or prestige or wealth or fame that the devil offers one that doesn’t lead to destruction in the end.
And it’s only in Jesus Christ that one can find true fulfillment and protection from evil. Those who have had encounters with such traditional diabolic powers can only enjoy safety in the power of Jesus Christ. This is because the glory of God supernaturally surrounds every true child of God and those in the occult know this.
The Bible says “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people now and forevermore” (Ps. 125:2).
There have cases of occultists who were so shaken up by God’s presence protecting His people in the spirit realm that they embraced Christ and left the occult.
In 2017, a woman known to my family and I personally was kidnapped by some ritual murderers. She’s a Christian widow and a mother of three.
She was taken to their den in a neighbouring state, but when she was brought into their shrine to be slaughtered, the priest demanded they send her away, that their demons have rejected her as a victim. She was later dumped along a street where she was found hale and hearty.
As Satan’s cohorts are getting thirstier for blood and destruction, we need to come under the blood of Jesus Christ and abide under the shadow of the Most High.