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VOODOO PRIESTESS ARRESTED.

The arrest of a young mulatto ,A\oman at Lafayette, Louisiana, on April 2, has resulted m the revelation of a series of religious crimes unequalled m that country. The mulatto, avlioso name is Clementine Bernabet, Avas arrested as being suspected of the murder of a negro child tAVO months ago. Upon her arrest she confessed that she had killed 17 people, and declared that she Avas a Voodoo priestess. Subsequently four leaders of this horrible cult — tAvo men and two Avomen — were arrested, and do not deny that they are concerned m the murders of some 25 people. The priestess and her assistants are preachers of the , blood atonement, and their religion is called the Church of the Sacred Serpent, known m thc island of Hayti as the loAA'est and most barbarous form of African Voodoo worship. This Voodooism, or the Avorship of a serpent, demands human sacrifice, and the frequent disappearance of children and Aveakminded adults aroused the suspicion of the authorities, avlio set a Avatch upon Bernabet and traced the crimes to her. All the victims Avere negroes, avlio Avere taken to a rude temple m the centre of an immense bayou. There their throats Avere cut on an altar erected to the Sacred Serpent, the ceremony being carried out with the usual Voodoo rites. The Avord " Voodoo " is a creole form of the French vaudois, derived from the persecution of the Vaudois, or Waldenses, avlio Avere represented by their opponents as sorcerers and necromancers. Among the negi'oes of the West Indies and the United States there is a Avidespread faith m charms, philters, and fetishes. — 'Daily Chronicle ' correspondent.

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VOODOO PRIESTESS ARRESTED., Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume VIII, Issue 372, 25 June 1912

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VOODOO PRIESTESS ARRESTED. Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume VIII, Issue 372, 25 June 1912

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