Witch Doctor Severely Burns And Disfigures Child’s Face During Voodoo Rituals! 

Witch Doctor Severely Burns And Disfigures Child’s Face During Voodoo Rituals! 

Catholic image of Our Lady of Częstochowa (left), and Haitian Voodoo’s copycat (right).


Two female witch doctors in Massachusetts inflicted severe burns on a five-year-old girl during a Haitian Voodoo ritual.

According to police, Peggy LaBossiere and Rachel Hilaire tied the girl’s hands and feet, then poured various oils and acids onto her. Hilaire held the girl still as LaBossiere held up a burning torch and blew flames over the girl’s face.

The young girl now has third-degree burns, leaving her face permanently disfigured.

Police say the two women also threatened the girl’s brother. They tried to practice Voodoo rituals on him, but the eight-year-old boy was resisting, so they threatened to chop his head off with a machete.

LaBossiere and Hilaire now face multiple charges of assault, according to local news agency The Enterprise.

They say they were trying to scare off evil spirits. The women even believe demons leaving the girl’s body are responsible for her severe burns — not the caustic chemicals and fire-breathing.

The women are of Haitian descent. Haitian Voodoo (also spelled Vodou) is a syncretic religion that originated in the Caribbean nation among the African slaves. It is based mainly on African tribal religions but also borrows some things from Christianity, creating a sort of pagan melting-pot.

The girl’s mother, also Haitian, asked the women to perform Voodoo on her daughter. The five-year-old was behaving very badly, which the mother feared was a sign of demonic possession. She asked the Voodoo practitioners to drive out any evil spirits causing her daughter’s bad behavior.

The mother is not facing any charges, reports the Washington Post; rather, she is undergoing psychological examination.

In another recent case in Massachusetts, a mother of five slaughtered her two youngest sons with a kitchen knife as part of Haitian Voodoo rituals.

Haitian voodooists believe in a supreme being; but it is a cold, distant and unreachable deity, like the god of the Deists. Instead of worshipping a distant creator God who doesn’t care about human affairs, they try to contact various spiritual beings they believe to be active in the world, including the spirits of deceased ancestors.

Voodooists often steal Catholic images and re-purpose them as images of the “Loa,” the spirits they honor.

For instance, the common Voodoo image for “Elizi Dantor” could easily be mistaken for an image of Our Lady of Częstochowa.

Legend has it that when the slaves in the French colony of Haiti started rebelling, the French government’s reinforcements included a contingent of Polish troops, some of whom carried prayer cards to Our Lady of Częstochowa. The African slaves fighting for independence came across some of these prayer cards, the story goes, and those among them who practiced Voodoo decided to plagiarize the image.

Another popular image of a Voodoo spirit is almost indistinguishable from images of St. Anthony of Padua.

This phenomenon almost seems like a demonic mockery of Catholic icons.

Some Haitian Voodoo practitioners have among their ritual supplies what looks like an empty Catholic monstrance (the cross-shaped vessel that holds Our Eucharistic Lord during Holy Hours and processions).

Apologists for Voodoo say racism is at the root of people’s negative attitudes towards the religion. Haiti was the site of one of the few successful slave revolts in history, they recount; and in the minds of slaveholders in the southern United States, Voodoo was associated with that revolution and regarded with fear.

Voodoo defenders also point out that Voodoo has been misrepresented in pop culture. For instance, so-called “Voodoo dolls” — a longstanding cliche in everything from horror films to children’s cartoons — are a Hollywood fiction with little basis in actual Voodoo practice. 

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