Satanic or Santeria? Confused report on animal torture incident.

Cops: Rooster burned in apparent satanic ritual – NewsTimes.

A satanic ritual held in a Bridgeport cemetery involved pouring cologne on chickens and setting them on fire, police said.

Bridgeport Police Officer Ken Ruge said in a report that as he was patrolling early Saturday, he noticed a large, scorched patch of ground in St. Augustine Cemetery at Arctic and Helen streets.

He said he found a rooster, burned to death on the ground and an empty bottle of cologne nearby. Apparently the cologne was poured on the rooster, which was then set on fire, Ruge wrote.

A second chicken was found behind a headstone, burned but still alive.

The report says “Satanic” but later on mentions past rituals of Santeria that were discovered. Big difference! And I think they are getting it wrong. Anytime dead animals appear, the first adjective the media wants to tag it with is “Satanic”. What evidence do they have? The cultural meme about Satan worshippers is incorrect or overblown. This article describes that it may be people dabbling in what they THINK is Satanism.

Satan worshippers appear to be VERY rare and not out sacrificing animals in cemeteries. Why does this connection continue? (I know why; this is a rhetorical question.)

Here is a good intro into Satanism from the site Religious Tolerance. And here is the same source about Santeria. You’ll notice chickens are mentioned but the devil is not. Even according to this, the perpetrators of the Connecticut crime did not know what they were doing or were just messed up to begin with.

Ritual Sacrifices: These form an integral part of many Santerian religious rituals. The animal’s blood is collected and offered to the Orisha. Chickens are the most common animal used. Their sacrifice is believed to please the Saints, and to bring good luck, purification and forgiveness of sins.

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  6 comments for “Satanic or Santeria? Confused report on animal torture incident.

  1. LovleAnjel
    November 6, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Santeria sacrifices usually take the form of throat-slitting. Setting live animals on fire is uncommon, to say the least. In addition, one of the chickens was left alive – clearly it was not a sacrifice.

    A part of the Satanist creed is to do no harm to those who do not deserve it, and specifically prohibits harming children and animals. It will get you tossed from the Church if you do.

  2. November 6, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    When most journalists and law enforcement officers say “Satanists” they might as well be saying leprechauns or werewolves. It’s a fictional archetype based on lore and movies, not reality.

    I feel so sad for the poor rooster who stayed alive… poor little guy. Cold and scared and in pain for hours.

    The cologne and burning are consistent with some records of Santeria or Palo Mayombe rituals, but it is not a commonly accepted practice and practitioners in the U.S. all seem to condemn it.
    http://blog.themysticcup.com/santeria/case-burning-chicken-politics-money-religion-ride-cart-whirlwind
    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/religion/story/2011-12-11/hoodoo-ritual-sacrifice/51795664/1

    • November 6, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      A few years ago some local P.I. was running a class at the community college called “How to recognize Satanic crime”. I pitched a fit about it. How does he know how to recognize it when WE NEVER HAVE ANY!

  3. Rand
    November 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Where are people in the middle of the city of Bridgeport getting live chickens from? Right after the hurricane no less. They don’t generally come in that condition from the local stop-n-shop….

    And I never realized cologne was such a flammable material. Sounds like a dangerous product.

    • Shin
      November 13, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      Cologne contains alcohol (as a preservative I believe).

  4. sailor
    November 7, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Amateur chef

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