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Vodou priest and scholar reject link between Brockton mother’s violent acts and spiritual practice

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A report by Brian Dowling for the Boston Herald. Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.

Two macabre attacks on children blamed on alleged voodoo rituals have practitioners and scholars warning the spirituality in no way gives rise to ceremonies that harm or maim people — let alone killing — as part of its practice.

“In voodoo, we can’t think negative of people,” said Neite Decimus, a voodoo priest and anthropologist in Brockton, where a mother is charged in the double murder of two of her sons in what she claimed to have been a voodoo ritual.

“It’s hard for us to even think negative about an animal,” he added, saying the misrepresentation of the spirituality worried him. “When it comes to voodoo, it’s misconstrued on many fronts.”

Last month, two East Bridgewater women were charged with maiming a 5-year-old girl in a purported…

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