Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Shamans stage pro-Obama ritual

Peruvian shamans bless President Barack Obama using a poster of him during a ritual to predict the winner of the US presidential election (AP)

A group of self-described Peruvian shamans are predicting the re-election of US President Barack Obama - and are trying to help it along.

The 12 medicine men and women in traditional Andean dress gathered at the top of Lima's San Cristobal hill, where they burned incense and rubbed a poster of Mr Obama with flowers and the plant common rue, which is supposed to bring luck.

Meanwhile, a poster of challenger Mitt Romney was assaulted with maracas and a sword as the shamans sang, whistled and danced in a circle for journalists, who came and went as the ceremony continued.

The group has staged similar rituals for the press ahead of major sports events and Peruvian elections.

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