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These Santería Stories From Miami Took Sad And Dark Turns For Everyone Involved

Miami is famous for its beaches with crystal clear water, partying nightlife—and an active Santería religious community. The religion has its origins in the Caribbean as a religion that was brought over by the enslaved Yoruba people.

Once in Cuba, enslaved people kept aspects of the religion and also mixed it in with some elements of Roman Catholicism. It is practiced throughout parts of Latin America and in the United States as well, specifically in the Cuban-influenced city of Miami.

Like any religion, there are some bad apples that ruin the meaning of the religion for some people. Here are some stories about how some folks in Miami took Santería to disturbing places.

1. Injured chicken found by Parks Department employee in South Beach.

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In 2013, a Parks Department employee was walking in South Miami Dade and found a chicken in an injured state. The Miami New Times got ahold of the email that was sent to the city’s parks department that details a family photo was pulled out of the live chicken as well as artifacts that were sewn onto the chicken. Someone or some family cut into a live chicken and stuffed artifacts inside and sewed him shut.

2. Dead chickens in the streets.

In a recent article from the Miami Herald, Miamians are seen as the second-most annoying neighbors in the country out of 24 cities. Miamians voted so themselves.

One of the main reasons Miamians have issue with their neighbors is because of the mess left behind from some Santería rituals. Miamians have reported seeing the bodies of dead chickens littering the streets and sidewalks after such rituals.

3. Looking to adopt a pet in Miami? Try rescuing a rooster.

Payo the rooster got a second chance at life with the help of a caring Miami family who persuaded a Santería priest to sacrifice another animal instead of him. However the neighbors aren’t feeling like they’re lucky and are starting to hate Payo.

His name with his neighbors? El terrorista (the terrorist) because he sticks his chest out to demand for food, attacks dogs, cats and even people, and also crows very loudly very early in the morning. Payo might be shipped off to a neighboring farm if his owner doesn’t get him to be a more considerate rooster.

4. Murder, Santería and fleeing to Argentina.

In one of the most Miami-esque stories, a jeweler named Hugo Quesada was determined to be a Santero. He claimed he asked for the help of a father and daughter duo of Santería followers, but when they refused, he strangled them and stuffed the father’s body in a shed.

He also pleaded guilty to the murder of the man’s wife as well. Quesada fled to Argentina until he was found by Argentine agents and extradited to Florida.

5. Slaughtered horses are “not uncommon” in the area.

In January of this year, a woman was walking around Northwest Miami-Dade and found the body parts of 20 slaughtered horses. The crazier part? Rachel Taylor of the Animal Recovery Mission said “It’s not uncommon in this area.”

Investigators are having a hard time figuring out who committed the heinous act and why. Taylor said the horses could have been slaughtered for horse meat or also for Santería rituals, which complicates the search for answers.


READ: 10 Folk Religions You Didn’t Know Existed In Latin America And The Caribbean

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From Glow Necklaces That Detect Ghosts To Prayer Beads, These Are The Items You Didn’t Think To Pack In Your Brujeria Kit

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From Glow Necklaces That Detect Ghosts To Prayer Beads, These Are The Items You Didn’t Think To Pack In Your Brujeria Kit

When you’re a bruja, you know that a big part of your lifestyle is all about the swag. From the perfect incense to the best sage smudge sticks, brujas need it all. So, what’s on your brujeria kit wish list?    Here’s a list of 13 amazing and unique products for all your witchy needs, from finding ghosts to connecting with your inner self.  Let the magic begin!

A Unique Wooden Box to Carry All The Sacred Things

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Every bruja-in-training needs a special box to hold all of her sacred objects and witchy tools, especially a bruja on the go. Keep all of your stones, card decks, herbs, and more safe and sound in a box that is both beautiful and useful. Not only is this one easy on the eye with a Tree of Life design, but it’s also good for the planet; it’s hand-carved in India by skilled artisans from eco-sustainable mango wood as well as recycled wood. Next time you’re headed to a seance or moon circle, you won’t have to wonder where your favorite crystal or special feather went. Just pick up your bruja box and go!

This “Ghost-Detecting” Stone That Turns Red If A Ghost Appears Nearby

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If you’re into the paranormal, consider this stone that supposedly picks up on paranormal activity.

Songs To Raise Your Vibration and Connect With Your Inner Goddess

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What better way to connect with the universe–and yourself–than through sacred song? Hailing from the southern end of the American continent, Loli Cosmica has been sharing her sweet sounds with the world for quite some time. Songs like “Yo Soy Diosa” and “Sagrado Feminino” are perfect to share during your next women’s circle or even simply while singing in the shower. You’ll be sure to fall in love with her pure voice and sacred message. 

Do Like Beyonce and Channel Yoruba Goddess Oshun

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Beyonce doesn’t have to be the only goddess channeling the powers of Yoruba orisha, Oshun. With this bright yellow necklace, you can do your part to honor the water goddess of female sensuality, love, and fertility. She was known to be both benevolent and malevolent, prone to a hot temper that Beyonce leaned into as she smashed cars and stores in her video, “Hold Up.” It’s up to you to choose: which side of Oshun do you want to honor today

A Candle For Haters to Shut Up

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There’s a candle for every day of the week– and every possible occasion. Light this blood-red candle when you need protection against the haters–people who are trying to bring you down with vicious rumors and gossip. Indio products also have candles to help a bruja out if you’re looking for Fast Money or sweet loving with their Come to Me candle. These candles will burn for 120 hours–plenty of time to get rid of the negative juju and conjure up the good stuff. Once you get your hands on these energetic bombshells, the haters will never mess with you again!

Dispel Negativity and Ground Your Soul With These Spiritual Cleansing Concoctions

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Are you feeling dragged down by negativity or sapped of energy? It’s time to create a new self-love ritual with Art of the Root’s Cleansing Pure and Natural Ritual Kit. The kit comes with a smoky quartz infused soy candle and all-natural roll-on perfume that will be sure to purify and revive. But the most exciting part of this kit is the luxurious bath tea bags that are chock-full of everything you need for a deep soul reboot: herbs, dead sea salt, and oatmeal. Next time your nerves are feeling frazzled, slide into a tub infused with one of these Pure & Natural tea bags and watch your worries wash away. 

Inspiration for the Salty Brujas In Your Life

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Not all brujas have to be holier-than-thou. Roxan McDonald, of the hit Instagram account @spiritual_AF, created these “super-salty, ultra-inspiring” cards to help you make your life go from sh*tty to shiny in no time flat! With cards like “LOOK AT THE F***IN’ MOON”  and “DANCE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE CAN GO **** THEMSELVES,” they’re certainly not for the faint of heart. But behind the F-bombs, there are some true words of wisdom, with real-life advice like how to stop from participating in the toxic gossip mill. The deck even includes a stand for you to display your favorite profane phrases!

This Gemstone Pendant Has All Your Chakras Covered

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Raise your vibration on the daily with this wearable healing crystal. With 7 layers of gemstones, each one corresponding to a specific chakra, you can emit positivity and stay connected to your energetic centers as you go about your daily life. Made from high-quality materials, this necklace can also be used in divination, dowsing, meditation, and Reiki. Make a fashion statement while feeling fantastic–no matter what life throws your way. 

Magnify Healing Vibrations With Lavender Dragon Mist

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We can all benefit from a refreshing spritz to purify the air of stagnating energy and bad vibes. Whether you’re looking for a boost during meditation or to clear negative energy from a physical space, Moonwater Elixirs can get you feeling positive, peaceful, and uplifted. Containing the master of all healing crystals, quartz, this mist is charged with moon magic as well as Reiki energy. Also available in other scents such as sandalwood and frankincense. 

Want to Know What Your Great-Grandmother Has Been Trying To Tell You?

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You can’t be a real bruja if you haven’t tried communicating with the dead, and what better way than with the classic ouija board? You probably first learned about it in the classic teen movie, Now and Then, but you’re never too old to give it a try. Gather your coven and dare to ask the questions that have haunted you all of your life. There’s no need to fear–only to be open to what the spirits want to say. 

Find Out What It Really Means When a Black Cat Crosses Your Path

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Have you ever wondered what it means to find a snake resting on your car windshield or unexpectedly spotting an owl in broad daylight? Have you always connected to dolphins but were never quite sure why? Well, Kim Krans can share the spiritual world of animals with this beautifully illustrated card deck. Find out what’s your spirit animal and which energy is associated with each creature. Receive guidance from the special creatures that surround you. You might be surprised to find that the animal kingdom with whom you share the world becomes more alive and instrumental in your spiritual practice. 

No Spiritual Practice is Complete Without A Special Journal For All Your Revelations, Incantations, and Speculations

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Everyone with a spiritual practice needs a place to express their dreams, thoughts, revelations, and observations. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be to another person. Instead, we can roam across the blank page, completely free, and these gorgeous hand-crafted, ethically made leather journals are just the place. Perhaps you want to jot down a dream in the middle of the night or doodle a vision you had during a meditation. Keep your innermost thoughts safe in this old-fashioned journal, which comes with a handy strap to lock it all in. Take it with you on your journeys, whether those be of the mind or in the world. 

A Dating Website For Uniformed People Claims A Married Cop Suing Them Isn’t As Innocent As He Claims

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A Dating Website For Uniformed People Claims A Married Cop Suing Them Isn’t As Innocent As He Claims

If you’re in a relationship, hold on to them tight. If you’re not, good luck out there because the dating world is mad crazy. Trying to meet people, especially online (is there any other way?) it is rough. Millions of people are trying to find love via dating websites, which means the competition is steep. It’s also challenging to make people not swipe left, meaning, getting someone to be interested in you based on your picture alone is the ultimate goal. So what makes people interested in someone else? If you’re a woman attracted to men, it’s pretty much the same thing since the beginning of time: tall, dark, handsome, and a man in uniform. That brings us to this hilarious yet unfortunate story.

A Florida cop has filed a lawsuit against a dating website for using his picture for marketing purposes. Oh yeah, and he also happens to be married.

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Before we go on, we know what you’re thinking: this cop lied to his wife, set up a dating profile online, and got caught, so now he’s suing the company, acting like he had nothing to do with it. 

However, companies of all sorts have been caught in the past for wrongfully using images without permission simply because they came across a random image online. Also, the man is hot! So, of course, these online dating websites would want to attract users by using the image of an attractive young police officer (in uniform) as a way to lure in people who are starving for love (or something else, wink wink). 

David Guzman alleges that he had no idea his image was being used as a marketing ploy for online dating websites until his friends came across his advertisement.

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According to court documents, last year Guzman said his friends told him that they had seen his picture and informed him like ‘hey, dude isn’t this you?’ Another person who found out: his wife! Yikes!!

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that his wife asked Guzman why his picture was on a dating website, and he responded to her by saying he “had no idea.” Okay, like that’s going to be enough for her to believe him. By the way, the advertisement that accompanied his picture said: “Bulletproof vest? Nah, it’s all muscle” Catchy and enticing! But yeah, he said he did not write that either. 

The 33-year-old police officer contacted the owner of the dating websites and demanded that they take down his picture from UniformDating.com.

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NSI Holdings, owner of Cupid.com and UniformDating.com, didn’t take down the picture. First, they demanded that Guzman show identification, which he did promptly. Then NSI Holdings alleges that they found a dating profile that included his name, his age, and his birthdate and his email address.

Their argument is they have a right to use his picture because he apparently has a dating profile. They’re saying that either Guzman or someone close to him, started a profile and used his information. NSI Holdings also found that the person attached to that dating website did go on UniformDating.com and “that creation of the profile was a momentary dalliance.”  

Furthermore, people who use NSI Holdings dating website sign the terms and agreements which state that they can use your image and information as they please “to reproduce and broadcast the information contained in your profile including your name, photograph” and other submissions “for marketing and other purposes,” without compensating the user. Now that is some kind of bullshit. 

Guzman alleges that the company has still not taken down his picture, and he’s not rolling over and taking this kind of harassment.

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It’s unclear what Guzman is asking for in his lawsuit, aside from the company taking down his picture, but we’re sure some monetary payback is in order.

“Defendant’s use of plaintiff’s image, likeness and/or identity in connection with a dating service impugns plaintiff’s character, embarrasses him, and suggests — falsely — that he, a married person, is presently dating and seeking out other partners,” the lawsuit states according to the New York Post

Legal docs go on to state, that Guzman is “a married man and respected member of his community who has been caught with a profile on an online dating website.” Or perhaps he just got caught with his pants down, so to speak. No! We remain Team Guzman. 

Who do you believe? Let us know in the comments.

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