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Throughout the month of October an estimated forty-thousand Maria Lionzeros, practitioners of Venezuela’s fastest-growing and most widespread alternative and syncretic religion, make their way to El Sorte Mountain, the spiritual epicenter of the Cult of Maria Lionza, where it is said that Maria Lionza’s spirit resides. They come to connect to the spirit of Maria Lionza, “La Reina”, but also to perform Velacions, theatrical-healing rituals. During a ritual the patient lies on the ground, outlined in chalk and candles, with fruit, flower, and wine offerings sprinkled on and around the patient’s body. A trained medium, usually a member of the patient’s family or a leader of his/her local community goes into a trance, as onlookers chant “Fuerza! Fuerza!” (“Strength, Strength”). Depending on the type of spirit the medium is possessed by, the medium will take on an array of character traits and costumes specific to the type of spirit it is. The medium will speak in a different voice, walk in a certain manner and perform in a way authenticating the truth of the possession.

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