Mexican Town Hosts Annual Congress of Witches

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, right, is 'cleansed' by Apolinar Guixpal i

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro is "cleansed" by Apolinar Guixpal, a warlock in Catemaco, Veracruz. Jake Price for NPR hide caption

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Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, right, is 'cleansed' by Apolinar Guixpal

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro is "cleansed" by Apolinar Guixpal, a warlock in Catemaco, Veracruz.

Jake Price for NPR

The Mexican town of Catemaco is hosting an unusual event this Friday: the annual International Congress of Witches. Politicians and businessmen come for power spells, and the lovelorn come for spells to entice a mate.

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