El cu-cuy, la llorona, and el coco—we’ve been afraid of them since we were kids, but these are just tales. Let’s face it, there are far worse things that send chills running down our spines, and our legs running out the door! Our abuelas were comfortable accepting the unknown and taking the right measures to protect themselves and their loved ones against evil spirits—techniques that would have come in handy for those who came across the Annabelle doll. So, take notes of all the things your abuela would do to ward off evil because you never know when you’ll need them.
1. Put a cup of water under your bed.
According to abuela it acts like a lightning rod to collect bad juju and protect you. Oh, and just to be safe, add some salt to it. But don’t even think about drinking it—unless, you want to get sick or something!
2. Hurry, burn something—sage, rosemary, incense, or salt; take your pick!
It’s believed that by burning sage, rosemary, incense, and sometimes salt, you can burn away the negative energy and spirits that haunt your home. Burning sage is an ancient practice used to ward off evil–and helping woman’s fertility, but let’s not focus on that for now. Incense has also been commonly used for many, many years in Latin America to cleanse a space of espíritus malignos (evil spirits). Oh and there’s also salt, which is pretty much a staple for anything related to the paranormal; make sure to keep it handy!
3. Use more, and more salt.
Salt is so versatile, not only will it make your chilaquiles taste better, but it also helps protect you from evil spirits! Sprinkle some around your house to ward off demons; form a line of salt in front of your door to prevent spirits from entering; throw salt over your shoulder; or—like we mentioned before—burn it to burn away bad juju. So, run to your nearest warehouse store and buy it in bulk!
4. Egg cleansings to the rescue!
You stubbed your toe? Hazte una limpia (get a spiritual cleanse). Your husband cheated on you? Hazte una limpia. Your favorite soccer team just lost an important match? You guessed it, ¡hazte una limpia! Chamanes (Shamans) have been performing ritual cleanses for centuries—the first shamans in Latin America date back to the Mayans! Many people believe shamans have the ability to eliminate negative energy that might be bringing a wave of bad luck into someone’s life. To recap on today’s lesson: always keep your pantry stocked up because you never know when you’ll need to perform an egg cleansing!!!
5. Call on baby Jesus!
We can’t deny the fact that Latin-American cultures were shaped by religion, so it’s no surprise that people will turn to religious practices to protect themselves against the paranormal. Just ask your abuela, if she’s ever experienced paranormal activity, chances are she’s prayed or sprinkled holy water to make it go away. But even if she hasn’t seen a sombra or felt someone tugging her feet at night, she’ll use any excuse to give you la bendición (a blessing) to keep you safe from ANY evil.
6. Light it up!
Light some candles, in form of a circle, triangle—who knows, just light them up! Or, if your abuela is religious use a cirio pascual (Paschal candle). Some cultures believe the light will guide lost souls home, while others believe it keeps away all the evil spirits that lurk in the darkness. Either way, they’re commonly used in rituals to keep evil spirits at bay.
7. Use an amulet!
Some people like to wear a red string around their wrist to repel bad energy while others wear the Turkish eye to protect themselves against el mal de ojo (the evil eye), but nothing is as revered as the medal of St. Benedict; it really is a MUST! It’s been used to abolish witchcraft, chase away demons and protect against hauntings since the 15th century. Wear it around your neck, add it to a rosary, carry it in your pocket, and always have one at home and in your car. Bottom line: you need St. Benedict in your life!
And a bonus: leave an open pair of scissors under your doormat to keep evil energy out!
Annabelle: Creation can just be a movie, or it can be a warning—a retelling of events that happened long ago. Will this movie turn out to be just another cuento to add to our already extensive repertoire of scary stories, or is Annabelle one of those unexplainable things that comes to haunt us? Time will tell, but hey, don’t say we didn’t warn you! And for those brave enough to watch the movie, get your tickets here: http://annabellemovie.com/
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