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The Sorte mountain, in Venezuela's western state of Yaracuy, is considered a sacred place by the faithful followers of Maria Lionza - a syncretic religion blending African, indigenous, and Catholic beliefs. Every year, thousands of her worshippers travel there to make offerings to the indigenous goddess and conduct spiritual healing rituals in the forest. While 90% of Venezuelans are nominally Catholic, Maria Lionza is now considered...

2010-12-15

 Catholic Church Venezuela religion Africa indigenous worship goddess mother posession social and cultural anthropology spirit tobacco