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Witches convention in Mexico
Travelers in Mexico may wish to head to the region of Catemaco for an intriguing annual festival that this year takes place on the first Friday of March.
This year's event occurs today (6th March 2009) and is a free spectacle promising weird and wonderful sights to meet backpackers as they emerge from their hostels.
Known as the Annual Witch Gathering or Congreso de Brujos, the event sees magicians, traditional witch doctors, healers and mystics make their way to the idyllic lakeside town.
Lake Catemaco, which is where the festivities are based, has been the focus of traditional and alternative medicine since before the arrival of the Spanish to South America.
It has been reported that the use of witchcraft among local people can be traced back 2,000 years to Olmec times.
Olmec civilization is characterized by the arts, and many artifacts and examples of Mesoamerican civilization are still in existence.
Examples include the huge helmeted heads carved from the volcanic basalt found in the Tuxtlas Mountains.
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