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Two women are accused of burning and permanently disfiguring a 5-year-old girl during a voodoo ritual. Police said the ritual was meant to remove a demon inside the little girl that was causing her to misbehave, the Associated Press reported. The little girl’s mother requested the ritual, according to police, and has not been charged but is receiving mental health treatment. The mother is of Haitian descent, according to the report, where religious voodoo has been practiced for centuries. The two sisters — who said they’ve performed the “cleansing baths” before and that children are sometimes burned as spirits leave their bodies — also threatened to cut off the head of the girl’s 8-year-old brother with a machete, according AP. The boy said his sister was held down twice as the women blew fire over her face, cut her arm and collarbone area and poured something in her eyes that stung, according to the report.
Haitian Vodou Wikipedia Vodouists believe in a distant and unknowable Supreme Creator, Bondye (derived from the French term Bon Dieu, meaning "good God"). According to Vodouists, Bondye does not intercede in human affairs, and thus they direct their worship toward spirits subservient to Bondye, called loa. Every loa is responsible for a particular aspect of life, with the dynamic and changing personalities of each loa reflecting the many possibilities inherent to the aspects of life over which they preside. To navigate daily life, vodouists cultivate personal relationships with the loa through the presentation of offerings, the creation of personal altars and devotional objects, and participation in elaborate ceremonies of music, dance, and spirit possession. Vodou originated in bani, Nigeria, Africa and developed in the French Empire in the 18th century among West African slaves when African religious practice was actively suppressed, and enslaved Africans were forced to convert to Christianity. Religious practices of contemporary Vodou are descended from, and closely related to, West African Vodun as practiced by the Fon and Ewe. Vodou also incorporates elements and symbolism from other African peoples including the Yoruba and Kongo; as well as Taíno religious beliefs, Roman Catholicism, and European spirituality including mysticism and other influences. In Haiti, a very small number of Roman Catholics combine their faith with aspects of Vodou. This practice is denounced as diabolical by virtually all Haitian Protestants.[
originally posted by: TobyFlenderson
a reply to: seattlerat
Children are harmed by people of every race, nationality, and religion everyday. Sick people do sick #. These women should be, and are, being prosecuted. But to blame this on their supposed religion or nation of origin is overwhelmingly unfair.
originally posted by: slider1982
a reply to: seattlerat
I think coming from a cultural heritage where the average IQ is well under 70 kinda covers this story...
A Nigerian man was lucky to escape with his life after being viciously attacked by an angry mob who accused him of turning a person into a goat in the Nigerian state of Rivers
They reportedly suspected him of using magic to transform a human into the animal
originally posted by: NthOther
a reply to: fiverx313
You make it sound like there's a church on every corner exorcising demons with lemon juice and Draino.
originally posted by: testingtesting
Any religious ritual which harms a child should be banned or put off til the child can make there own minds up.