Seven people were killed in a bizarre religious ritual in a jungle community in Panama.
Among others, a pregnant woman and five of her children who were tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes.
The religious sect was holding several families against their will in a local church and held a ritual that was “aimed at killing them if they did not repent their sins.“
The bodies of seven people were dug out of a mass grave in an indigenous area of Ngabe-Bugle, Panama, where members of a religious sect were believed to be performing exorcisms.
The victims included a pregnant woman, 32, and five of her children, aged one to 11. The sixth was a neighbour, 17. Fifteen other people were freed.
The mass grave filled with the corpses of six children and one adult, was revealed by locals who had managed to escape the terrifying ritual. It was situated about 2 kilometres away from a church building.
The exorcism rituals
Several families were being held against their will in a local indigenous-run church, where exorcisms were believed to have taken place.
15 people, who were being held by the cult, have been freed. They had been tied up and beaten with wooden cudgels and Bibles.
Meanwhile, 10 members of the little-known religious sect known as “The New Light of God” have been arrested.
One of the suspects in the killing is the grandfather of the children who were slain. All the victims, and apparently all the suspects, are members of Panama’s largest indigenous group Ngab Bugl.
The leader of the Ngab Bugl called the sect “satanic” and said it went against the region’s Christian beliefs. This demonic ritual looks like a witch purge to me… Find similar headlines on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. [BBC, ABC]