Friday, December 10, 2010
Contents of Voodoo Packages
A 59 year old passenger arriving at Dulles International Airport in Virginia from Ghana en route to Maryland - on Dec 3 didn't make it through the Customs and Border control. The passenger's suitcase contained a hedgehog, elephant tails, chameleons, skins from genets (a catlike species indigenous to Africa), seed pods, sheets soaked with the blood of sacrificed chickens and a lot of soil and herbs. The passenger revealed to agents that these items were for spiritual purposes.
In 1937, Life Magazine ran a article entitled, "Black Haiti: Where Old Africa and the New World Meet" - this article provided nine steps on how to conduct a voodoo ritual. It also provides a clear understanding as to reasons why the 59 year old Ghana passenger was carrying such items into Maryland. Are members of a Voodoo cult residing somewhere in Maryland? The 59 year old passenger wasn't charged with any crimes; however, officials incinerated all of the items, except for the elephant tails, which violated endangered species laws. They were seized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Here are the first two steps on how to perform voodoo filled rituals depicted in the 1937 Life Magazine article:
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