Caracas: President Hugo Chavez is seeking divine support from indigenous deities and spirits from Venezuela’s central plains to help him survive cancer.
Chavez often describes himself as a devout Roman Catholic, although his religious beliefs are eclectic.
The former paratroop commander’s religious doctrines are rooted in his upbringing in Venezuela’s plains region. Many people there adhere to numerous folk religions, such as a sect that venerates the Indian goddess Maria Lionza.
Many people suffering from illnesses pray to the folk deities or offer them animal sacrifices in return for improved health or cures.
During a speech today, Chavez said: “I have faith in the spirits of the plains that I’ll prevail.” Zeenews