Animal sacrifices in Bolivia, or just a scary assumption?

This article has been translated but also contains NO facts, just plenty of “factoids” we are supposed to assume are substantiated. Don’t be too sure. Nothing scares a community quite like the idea of Satanists in their midsts.

Satanists sacrificing animals in Bolivia, activists say | Fox News Latino.

Animal rights groups allege that animals are being sacrificed in Satanic rituals at a spot off the highway linking the Bolivian cities of La Paz and El Alto known as the “Devil’s Curve,” the La Razon newspaper reported Sunday.

Supposed Satanists are performing the rituals on Tuesdays and Fridays at a four-meter (13-foot) rock that serves as an altar near a place where animals are sold for sacrifices, the newspaper said.

Rabbits, chickens, dogs and black cats have been sacrificed, with the rituals usually taking place in February and August, Susana del Carpio, director of the animal rights group Animales SOS, said.

There is word of an alter, that animals are fed alcohol before sacrifice and that 50 some people are involved. Where is the evidence? It isn’t in this piece, that’s for sure. There are no dates or specific quotes cited from alleged police reports. A “highway worker” is quoted as the source of the report on the number of worshippers.

Color me ENTIRELY dubious about this claim based on what is provided which is very weak hearsay. Animals may be sacrificed for reasons other than devil worship or it could be a mistaken interpretation. This article drips with fear mongering about a secret occult gathering. Mention is made of legislation to prosecute animal abusers. I find zero credibility in this story. Perhaps others may have something to add.

Historically, claims of Satanic worship and sacrifice have failed to pan out. Fears are rampant; solid evidence, not so much.

  5 comments for “Animal sacrifices in Bolivia, or just a scary assumption?

  1. Race Bannon
    January 5, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    People just don’t realize what great parties satanists throw. Knowledge erases fear. Party with a satanist today! It’s seriously like Eyes Wide Shut meets Animal House.

  2. busterggi
    January 5, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Yep, that’s Satan worshippers all right, Satan just loves cheap booze & raw chicken – wouldn’t be the second most powerful being in existence if he didn’t. Third if you count Thanos.

  3. Sérgio
    January 6, 2015 at 6:26 AM

    Afro-Brazilian cults often perform ritual animal sacrifices. There is nothing to do with satanism, although some christians associate the Orixás (divinities) with demons.
    I suppose the same is true in Bolivia.

  4. MisterNeutron
    January 6, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    I’ve been to a Mayan Catholic church in the Chiapas Highlands of Mexico, and observed what happens when Old World Christianity gets crossed with New World beliefs. Lots of statues of various saints and the Virgin Mary draped with flags (including, incongruously, the Stars and Stripes and the Union Jack), and worshippers sitting on the floor amidst all sorts of pine needles, lighting candles and making offerings including alcohol, Coca-Cola, and live chickens, though the chickens didn’t stay “live” for long. The worst of both worlds, but Satan was not being celebrated in any fashion.

  5. Russian Skeptic
    January 7, 2015 at 5:13 AM

    For me, it’s very interesting from the ethnographic perspective. That is, the phenomenon of ‘Satanic panic’ seems to be specifically American. While in Russia, many of the worst sorts of religious fundamentalism arose in 1990s, fear of animal-sacrificing and child-abusing Satanists is highly uncommon (even in esoteric tabloids, this subject has been nearly absent). It seems to be uncommon either in UK or other European countries, though I have less information on them.

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