Venezuela: The Court of Thugs, magical religious belief

Posted on June 21, 2015 • Filed under: Crime, Religion, Venezuela reported The Court of Thugs, or Corte Calé, belongs to the cult of goddess María Lionza, one of the popular expressions of the most widespread magical-religious beliefs in Venezuela. These practices are based on the veneration of miraculous spirits and are divided into groups classified under certain hierarchies known as The Court of Thugs is made up of “malandros,” a term used in Venezuela to refer to thugs or criminals. “courts”. María Lionza, along with Felipe the Black Slave and Indian Chief Guaicaipuro, make up the “Three Powers”, the foundation of a heaven of deities that presumably also represent the basis for mixing among white, African, and indigenous people in Venezuela. Read Article

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