For many in Mexico, protection from the drug cartels can no longer be expected from local law enforcement or federal soldiers, so they have looked to other avenues for protection, sorcery.
Looking to the Olmec roots of some of Mexico’s towns, many Mexicans have turned to the occult for protection from the ongoing drug violence.
The New York Times spoke to warlock Luis Tomás Marthen Torres of Catemaco, MX, who said, “People ask us for assistance because they’re scared of threats, of extortion. They’re full of negative energy.”
And though warlocks like Marthen Torres used to be asked to cast love spells, and cure ailments, they are now being asked to provide customers with protection.
However, as the cartels take whatever they want in their quest for power, business owners and everyday citizens are being forced to hand over what little money they are able to scrap together, and warlocks and witches are not exempt, though many have continued their practices, wanting only to provide comfort to those that ask them for it.
Still, many in the practice have stopped in the wake of increased threats and extortion.
As for the occult practitioners that remain, keeping their doors open may be bringing in more money than before, as their competition is waning.
Marthen Torres however, says he performs free cleanses he calls “social services” for those who have had everything taken from them, both love ones and money.
Since President Calderon declared war on the drug cartels, roughly 40,000 people have been killed, while some of those who remain are left with nothing.