Catemaco, The Capital Of Magic, Sorcery and Mystery
Catemaco is a city located in the Mexican state of Veracruz, and being that it has a long and extensive history when it comes to magic, it can be said to be a capital of magic and sorcery in its own right.
This tiny city is located on Lake Catemaco. The Catemaco Municipality in fact stretches north to the Gulf of Mexico, and has become popular tourist destination not only because of the beautiful nature which includes region’s rainforest and Lake Catemaco, but also because of a long tradition of sorcery and witchcraft. The magical tradition of this place has a long tradition in the pre-Hispanic period when it was practiced by the Olmecs.
Not only that this magical tradition is well-known in Mexico, but it also attracts numerous clients who come to Catemaco in order to participate in magical rituals. People who come here for the magical rituals, come from all walks of life and all parts of the world. This includes successful businessmen, as well as national level politicians. In fact, a lot of people are gathered on the annual event in March dedicated to sorcery, which gathers around 5000 visitors each year.
In addition to that, Catemaco also prospers from its magical background and tradition. This is the place where you can hire a ‘brujo’ – male witch, who will take care of your problems with magic or a clean you from bad magical influences. The majority of people who practice magic in Catemaco are males, and the reason why this tradition survived is because the region remained in relative isolation, so pre-Hispanic tradition could survive. In the streets of Catemaco you can buy various charms, Mexican handicrafts, and folk art, so it can be said that the magical tradition and backgrounds also has a positive impact on the city’s income that comes from tourists.
In Catemaco magical practices are common, but the majority of people are only used by these rituals and do not take the practice seriously. There are two types of practitioners: those that practice white magic and those that practice black magic. White magic is certainly more accepted by the people, and this is why there are more ‘brujos’ who practice white magic, then those who practice the black version. In addition to that, people who practice black magic usually charge more as well.
All in all, it can be said with certainty that sorcery is one of the main attraction of Catemaco whether you believe in it or not. In addition to that, magical practices attract all sorts of people to Catemaco in search for a solution to their problems. Even those magic is the main attraction of this city, it is not promoted as part of Halloween or Day of the Dead. In fact, the popularity of magic has made it possible for any con artists to take advantage of the situation, which makes it really difficult to find a genuine practitioner of magic.