American Notes: Entrepreneurial Witchcraft

One of the more arcane side effects of the Viet Nam War is being demonstrated in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. There, more than 100 witches and border spiritualists have a booming business charging Mexican-American families as much as $500 to keep their sons out of the Army by hexing the draft boards.

One such entrepreneurial witch, Madame Azteca, lives just across the border in the Mexican town of Reynosa. In one room of her shack, she works her magic sitting before two enormous, bubbling cauldrons, with mysterious colored powders arrayed on...

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