Expert Scrutinizes Noriega's Rituals By, Larry Jolidon USA TODAY PANAMA CITY --- Army Chie

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Expert Scrutinizes Noriega's Rituals ------------------------------------ By, Larry Jolidon USA TODAY PANAMA CITY --- Army Chief Warrent Officer James Dibble easily has the oddest task of the U.S. invasion force here: He must sort out Manuel Noriega's religious practices. Dibble, here from Fort Campbell, KY., has sifted through the contents of "ritual rooms" discovered in one of Noriega's luxury villas. "I plan to prove that Noriega practiced ritual homicide," says Dibble, an occult expert. [Whats this!, the Army has its own occult expert!] Dibble says Noriega's assortment of books, beads, stones, bottles, candles, plaster statues and dried food "offerings" -- along with an alter to his Brazilian "mama" or priestess -- show the ex-strongman is a follower [not a leader after all!] of Santeria folk religion. Similar to voodoo, Santaria was brought west by African slaves. Believers use personal offerings in worship and think their magic can manipulate enemies. Dibble says Noriega was "a demented man," a heavy drug user who had gone beyond manipulation to human sacrifice. Noriega's basic method of influencing people, says Dibble, was to put personal documents, news clippings or hand-written lists of names in a bottle or under a stone, glob of wax or gelatin, or wrapped around a white candle. "Having their names stuck in a pan or wrapped around a candle," Dibble says, "was Noriega's way of believing he controlled the people themselves." The papers in Noriega's house bore the names of famous foreigners -- George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Henry Kissinger, John Poindexter, Costa Rican President Oscar Arias -- as well as many Panamanians, including new President Guillermo Endara. Noriega's patron saints, assigned by his "priestess", are St. George and St. Jude. Besides offering dried food to appease them, says Dibble, Noriega wore red underwear "to ward off the evil eye." Dibble stil hopes to locate two items that Noriega apparently believes keep him protected: "charm pouches" left in the pockets of his military uniform when he changed into civilian clothes before fleeing U.S. troops. ----------------------- I am sure we have yet to hear the last of Noriega's nasty dabblings! From: Paul Bogorodsky To: Anubis Egypt Msg #262, 04-Jan-90 04:26pm Subject: Re: Noreiga & santeria >Dibble says Noriega was "a demented man," a heavy drug user who had >gone beyond manipulation to human sacrifice. Apparently, Dibble is already wrong on two accounts. At this time he has given himself up to the American authorities and has been examined by doctors to see if he is capable of standing trial. They say he is sane and shows no sign of drug abuse. Also, it was two or three days before journalists were allowed into the "Witch House". Plenty of time to set things up! Sounds like more Anti-pagan Propoganda. B*B, Konstantine. --- * Origin: ThelemaNet San Francisco * (415) 751-9308 (Opus 1:161/93) From: Brad Hicks To: Anubis Egypt Msg #326, 07-Jan-90 02:13pm Subject: Noreiga & santeria That "expert" is full of crap. Neither the ritual methods nor the decorations in the photographs I've seen match those of Santeria. They DO match the methods (and near-total absence of religion) of a (predominantly) Mexican form of folk magic known as Brujeria. And thanks to religiously-motivated missionary translators, the "accepted" translation for Brujeria is "Witchcraft"--despite the fact that it in no way resembles the western and Mediteranean European folk traditions and religion(s) known in English as Witchcraft. Lowest of the low were the "experts" quoted in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article who told reporters that apparently Noriega was a Palo Mayumbo, like Constanzo and his crazy cult. Nothing I've heard described down there matches anything of what you'd see if that were true--nothing at all. One thing I feel I must point out about Noriega's "witches", too--it seems pretty clear that Noriega and his brujeros were casting curses and control spells on Bush, the U.S. Congress, and President Endara. Those spells sure worked well, didn't they? Which is why I've always said: I'd worry more about curses and negative magic if I thought they worked at all well. --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: WeirdBase * St. Louis, MO * 1-314-741-2231 * (1:100/523) From: Brad Hicks To: Michelle Hass Msg #328, 07-Jan-90 02:25pm Subject: Re: Satanists (2 of 2) MH> It seems that Noriega was a follower of Palo Mayombre too. Michelle, if Noriega were a Palo Mayombre, then where were the Saints/Dieties? More to the point, where was the cauldron? Equally, where were the bone tools? The powders? No, small amounts of animal remains plus meat and vegetable decay-oriented magic plus candle-wrapping minus ANY evidence of saint-worship = Brujeria -- or that's how I was taught to read it by reading Gordon Melton (the world's foremost scholar on minority religions) and listening to Frank Medina (a "cult cop" who was himself raised Santero). --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: WeirdBase * St. Louis, MO * 1-314-741-2231 * (1:100/523) From: Michelle Hass To: Steve Crocker Msg #398, 08-Jan-90 12:29pm Subject: Larouche, Noriega, and Palo Mayombre It interests me as well. Palo Mayombre is a "black" form of the Catholic-Afro-Pagan syncrete known as Santeria. It seems to be popular among drug dealers in Colombia, and honors deities that are taken from the Zairean rather than Yoruban (a tribe in Nigeria) pantheon. Apparently the slavers that kidnapped for the plantations in Colombia took slaves from the Congo River Valley rather than the West African Coast, like most others. There is also a "black" form of Santeria called "brujeria", but that is practiced more in the US, particularly on the East Coast (Miami and the Puerto Rican area of New York City). This has its roots also in the rituals of the notorious "Voudoun Queens" of New Orleans in the later 1800s and early part of this century. Both the movie "The Believers" and "Angel Heart" had aspects of "brujeria" in their plots. Most Santeros and Santeras follow the "white" Santeria path, and there is now a growing movement among Blacks to rediscover Afro-Paganism. I know of one fellow who runs an African imports shop in Hollywood who is a Babalawo (HP of Yoruban Afro-Paganism) and whose classes and services are beginning to get very, very crowded with students (predominantly American) who want to learn about their spiritual roots. Not a bad trend, I say. I wonder what La Roach will have to say now, since this connection with Palo Mayombre means that they are supporting a real, live "satanist". As I remember, he even considers "white Santeria" to be "satanist". --- Ybbat (LBBS 1.00) * Origin: Mysteria, Tujunga Ca (818) 353-8891 (1:102/943)


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