Yesterday I discovered this fascinating Vice doc about a town in Mexico that’s famous for its sorcerers. Catemaco is where Mel Gibson filmed Apocalypto, but it’s also a place where a mix of folk traditions, Catholicism and pop culture have created a web of occult practices that’s as notable for its dynamism as it is for its dynamite aesthetics. Here are a few words from the YouTube page…
Catemaco in Veracruz, Mexico is known for two things: It’s the place where Mel Gibson directed Apocalypto, and it is full of self-called witches that work either for God or the Devil. VICE doesn’t really care about Mel’s movie, but we were quite enchanted by the idea of a town that has gotten such a huge reputation for its witchcraft that even politicians and celebrities from all over Mexico have gone to seek for their cures and powers.
In this episode of Mexicalia, we head down to the Disneyland of satanist tourists and check out all the chicken killing, voodoo dolls, and spirit possessions the town had to offer.