Where: Sonora district, Mexico City, Mexico
What’s in store: A few thousand indigenous vs catholic spells to cure your every ail
Best Buy: A spurt or squirt of love spray
Where It’s At
Mexico City is the centre for witchcraft in the Southern Americas and one of the top spots in the world to tune into your white, black or voodoo scene. The National Association of Sorcerersin the city will probably have the instructions for just about any spell you care to cast. Even though Mexico is a 90% Catholic country, this religion is often fused with more ancient indigenous beliefs and superstitions. Alternative beliefs and even witchcraft play a central role in Mexican society and medicine. Whilst there are good doctors and conventional hospitals in Mexico City, many of the locals will try witchcraft lotions and potions before they head down to the local doctors. And, considering the population of Mexcio City, it seems that the witchcraft business is booming. At the Sonora witchcraft market you will find some of the more obscure and traditional remedies that claim to help everything from ulcers, bronchitis, losing weight, and even a fear of flying! Desperados can even try spells to attract a husband or wife, or bring back an errant adulturer.
What’s In Store
Strange cure ingredients in store include rattlesnake skins, dessicated hummingbirds and dried fox skins as well as the live articles like iguanas, frogs and squirrels to get your teeth into. If you don’t fancy toiling over a boiling cauldron yourself, readymade cures cost in the region of $10 US, so don’t see your cash getting magicked away.
For your own health and ethic concerns over animal cruelty and preserving endangered species it’s probably best not to participate in these strange market antics. You could take the soft option and take home a pack of tarot cards as an un-flappable gift. There are also a huge range of witchcraft books. At just a few dollars, a ‘love spray’ is a top buy to ensure your heart’s desire doesn’t slip through your sticky fingers. If all this freakiness is enough to make you wilt, the Scorpion Oil Aphrodisiac may be just the thing to hit your spot.
‘Mexican Witches Cast Year-End Spells’
Read more on the lives of Mexican witches in this Washington Post article
One Day in the Life of a Mexican Mercado
Read about the Sonora Witchcraft market as well as a variety of other market experiences, as recalled by traveller Jim Conrad