Few days ago, two news reports – one here in Nigeria and another from the US – had an uncanny link to me. In Nigeria, two ritual murderers were caught and arrested for being in possession of two fresh human heads and legs reportedly exhumed from a cemetery in Ibadan.
When interrogated, they confessed that these were occult ritual materials to attain 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 the right to kill animals.
The connection between both stories is African paganism. This is not the first time such grisly discoveries have been made in the US pointing to the influence of Afro-Caribbean cults.
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, 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 and others.
These religions are now finding stronghold in the United States (especially in Miami) and enjoying patronage even among notable celebrities whilst the original African pagan worship still flourishes in several parts of Africa. In 1993, the United States Supreme court ruled in favour of animals being killed for religious rites. That provided a legal cover for such blood rites. But it doesn’t stop there.
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 alleys across the streets of Las Vegas, carried out in typical Voodoo ritual 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 3 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, wealth, 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 with high ranking demons who provide people direct channels to Satan himself.
That’s why the nature of their rites are miles apart. Wiccans can spend so much time offering cakes, fruits and wine and dancing wildly in the forests to appease their nature deities, but Santerios, for example, don’t have time for such long and meticulous rites. They offer blood sacrifices to connect more powerful demons for their operations.
African pagan systems lay much emphasis on blood sacrifices. At first, initiates seeking fame, success or wealth start out with offering foods like cooked rice and stew to these spirits at specified locations, but as they progress, they are ordered to sacrifice live animals.
Soon, they start to swig human blood like Cognac and use human sacrifices as “magickal shields” for drug trafficking, money laundering and Internet fraud
Sometime last year, I came across a Facebook group (it was public at the time) for people who intend to practice all forms of black magick. Its members consist 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 Nigerian “Christian” brother in their midst. I sent him a private message and when he replied months later, he said “Yes, I’m a Christian but I love witchta [witchcraft] and I won’t leave it … If you study me, you won’t graduate.” What a tragedy. A proverbial frog in the kettle being slowly boiled to its death!
It’s only in Jesus Christ that one can find true fulfillment and protection from evil. The Bible says “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people now and forevermore” (Ps. 125:2).
The glory of God supernaturally surrounds every true child of God. I can share with you several experiences 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.
Just recently, someone I know personally, who is a Christian, was kidnapped by some ritual murderers. 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.