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Date: Sun, 7 Jul 2002 22:29:03 -0500 From: "E Bryant Holman" (email@example.com) Subject: Narcotrafficantes, Jesus Malverde, and the Anima de Leyva When I was interviewing the curandera Paty, I wanted to find some things out that I had been having trouble getting straight answers about from other sources. I was surprised to find out that she knew more about these matters than I ever dreamed! Specifically, what I was wondering about is the manner in which the narcotraficantes use witchcraft as a part of their business. When I asked her about that, she replied that there was only one name that one would need to mention to sum all of that up, which she then waited for me to supply, and the name was Chuy Malverde. And when I said that name, she quite visibly shuddered. Jesus Malverde is famous enough that you can just do a search for "Malverde" on the Internet and get plenty of information, but that information is sorely lacking for my purposes. I am not all that interested in what American journalists have had to say. Anyone, as I said, can read that. I wanted to know more specific things, like the spiritual dimensions as described by a curandera such as herself, and the details of how this business operated right here in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, one of the biggest drug smuggling points in the entire world. However, I think that her judgment that he was the only name that one might mention is not really true, because there is another, local "black saint" with connections to this world of narco-brujeria, and there is also the matter of regular saints like San Judas Tadeo, San Martin Caballero, San Ramon Nonato, and San Martin de Porres being connected to this topic, all of which she readily acknowledged, albeit that she stressed that the cult of "San Malverde" has pretty much displaced most of all that. The conversation moved pretty much, nevertheless, in the direction of the local "folk saint", known as the "Anima de Leyva" [Soul or Sirit of Leyva]. This person, Juanito Leyva, died in a gruesome manner when he was burned alive under circumstances that are reported differently by different persons. It is said that the only part of his body that escaped being blackened and turned to ashes, charcoal, and singed bones, was one finger, which was "miraculously" left pointing upwards, in the "There is God" gesture: and it is said by those who retell this tale, that the purpose of this is that his spirit (the "anima") was communicating to all that he was innocent, "as God was his witness". People tell the tale associated with him and then, intending on doing the traditional "There is God" gesture, of holding the index finger upwards with the palm out, they, rather, make the ancient "There is John" sign, with the palm in, which was used extensively in the artwork of Leonardo and other occult artists who are alleged to have been members of a secret organization with reported "Johnist" antecedents known as the Priory of Sion. One reason why this involuntary gesture that so many people seem to do seems so remarkable - because in normal circumstances, they use the "There is God" gesture, because the style of converstain that takes place here frequently leads to such events - is that the "There is John" symbol is a secret anti-Catholic sign, in fact. In a manner of speaking, it is saying that Christ is not the Messiah, because John is, so that, in effect it is "anti-Christ", to coin a phrase. Actually, regarding Juanito Leyva, I believe the most accurate version of events was that his compadre caught him in a very compromising circumstance with his comadre (the guy's wife), and that is why he was killed. It is said that he was a bad person, in any event. His family, I assume it was, built a chapel for his remains, and it is still there, albeit part of the roof has fallen in. There are still milagros hanging there that pilgrims completing mandas have left, and prayers, and notes of thanks for miracles performed. However, in terms of what I wanted to know from Paty, there is no physical evidence left. What I wanted to hear about was how the persons who formerly dominated the drug trade here - Pablo Acosta and Amado Carrillo - had prayed to the Anima de Leyva to help them in their business. What Paty told me made sense. This chapel actually had a sort of rector at one time - a bruja who was in the service of the narcos (I didn't ask her name). Amado and Pablo were not just going there to the chapel on their own, they were doing all of this under the instruction of this person, who had a powerful "don", or gift of spiritual powers, which allowed her, I assume, to channel the spirit of the Anima de Leyva to act as a go-between with even more powerful spirits, which "opened paths" for her clients and closed them for their enemies. Thus, even though the pistoleros of Pablo's enemies, the people of his arch-rival, Fermin Arevalo, were constantly ambushing them, Pablo and his own pistoleros, the feared Marco de Haro and Pablo's Brother, "El Berrendo", always walked away unscathed, while their attackers died in pools of blood or fled in terror for parts unknown, and Pablo's loads of drugs made it to Chicago and Denver and everywhere else, while his network of corrupt officials never turned on him or failed him. Eventually, however, his world began to crumble, and he died in a gruesome hail of automatic weapons fire at the hands of government commandos who rappelled down from a helicopter at his desert hideout and fired off an estimated 2,000 rounds in a few short seconds into the two room adobe shack, killing all of the occupants. The bruja who was the medium of the Anima de Leyva later died, in a manner typical of brujas. They always rot, in one way or another, usually either by gangrene, boils, or intestinal ailments, in a manner that generates a lot of stench. In this case, the woman managed to generate a condition similar to a massive burn, on her leg, due to a home remedy that she was receiving or administering herself involving rubbing her leg with vinegar. This condition was very painful, and I assume it was causing some sort of blood poison, because the woman was gravely ill. So, she sent for Paty, and a car would go out to San Pancho, outside of town, and take her to the woman's house, and bring her back home later. The woman was recovering nicely, when suddenly the woman's daughter interferred, at the behest of another curandera, who insisted that Paty's treatment not be continued, but that another one be followed, and as a result of that, the woman died. The motives of this curandera, actually, were to kill the first bruja in order to take her "don", and to get rich from that, catering to rich narcos. However, likely due to Paty's intervention, I suspect, she did not get the "don", but rather, she got the illness, and she has been quite miserable ever since. Her solution has been to try and get Paty to cure her, but, rather than being faced with a situation of having to either do so or to refuse, Paty has found another solution. She says that it is impossible for that woman to arrive in Paty's presence. Every time she comes down from Midland, Texas, where she lives, Paty is off in town. She will never see her face to face again. Bryant
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