In fact, at the city of La Banda, and - especially - the neighborhood of Villa Raquel recently, has been in the news precisely in function of the episodes more or less related to black magic.
The Priest Juan Castro Zavalía, of the Christ the King Parish spoke on the subject in reportage to the newspaper LA UNION (Argentina), in the February 22 edition (2013) :
La Banda is a very important center of the province (San Tiago del Estero) and I believe is the largest in relation to such practices Satanism, the cult of Santa Muerte, the umbandas, everything is very mixed. Here, all these sects are very abundant. There are many witchcraft in La Banda, all kinds of meetings.
We are always dealing with witchcraft. The practioners leave offerings (profane) in the door of the parish's church, make animal sacrifices. Many people get upset when find these sacrifices on the doors of their homes. People are superstitious ...
BLACK MAGIC. On April 07 this year (2013), "works" or spells apparently umbandistas, were found nearby, precisely, of the School 646 Los Pinos, causing fears in the population of the neighborhoods of Villa Raquel and Los Lagos. Moreover, from the early episodes, vandalism and theft also were practiced at that school.
The ritual offerings have been repeated since then. The case has been reported to the Police station 14, which has jurisdiction in that area but materials used in rituals profane (and primitive) were found at different points in the vicinity of the Mercy cemetery.
Candles, photographies, poultry offal, grains, fruits and other items are often used in witchcraft (it is believed, Afro-Brazilian origin) - rituals of a "religion" or sect that has instaled a temple in the neighborhood of Mishqi Mayu.
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