Locals enjoying a walk in the countryside for Easter were shocked when they came across this statue, which has been described as a satanic effigy of Baphomet with an upside-down pentagram on its head.
They also reportedly found an altar covered in dead animals while walking near the town of San Mateo Cuautepec, in the Mexican state of Mexico, on Friday, 7th April.
The statue, reportedly depicting Baphomet, a deity long associated with Western occultism and satanism, was found along with the carcasses of dead animals, bones, clothing, family photographs and objects used in occult rituals, according to local media.
Local media reported that Baphomet was a pagan deity that was first supposedly worshipped by the Knights Templar in England between the 12th and 14th centuries. It is now the official symbol of the Church of Satan in the United States.
Baphomet was also made popular by Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, in which the word ‘Baphomet’ is decoded to mean ‘sofia’, or ‘wisdom’.
The statue, which can be seen in the images with an upside-down pentagram – a five-pointed star – on its forehead, was also reportedly covered in what appeared to be blood, according to local media.
Many netizens were reportedly shocked at the discovery, with some saying “on that hill they perform witchcraft”.
Others were more dismissive, saying that “freedom of worship is in the Constitution, just as long as they don’t go around killing living beings for their beliefs.”
It is currently unclear if the authorities are investigating the statue and altar.
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