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The witch from Moca... Witch, woman or bird

The witch from Moca... Witch, woman or bird

Oral tradition, which parents tell their children, is like the umbilical cord of the ancestral stories that bring us many legends like the one of the Moca Witch. Anthropologist say that this fantastic syncretism is a European legacy brought by Spaniards, since the Tainos in their religious rites did not have witches. The closest thing that has been found about indigenous witchcraft is the Bohiti or Bohique, that is, something like magicians with telepathic powers who had the gift or ability to communicate with spirits. The Bohiti pursued healing and used natural medicine to achieve their results.

The first time the word was documented, in its bruxa form, dates from the 12th century, although its etymology is plausibly pre-Roman. It arrived later to the Dominican Republic, after the fifteenth century, where was adhered to the term maleficae (singular form of maleficent) that during the Middle Ages and the Modern Age had become popular.

The witch from Moca, an Espaillat province’s municipality, recognized for its historical actions such as the famous protest of May 2 against the Spain annexation, led by Pedro Santana; the execution of Ulises Heureaux, on July 26, 1861 and the recent participation of the Mocanos in the execution of the dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, which is known as a very popular legend.

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TEXT: Francis Torres; IMAGES: Archivos

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