Recently Dr. Christos Kioni, a professional rootworker and Palo practitioner, has found himself in hot water after allegedly posting a picture of an animal sacrifice he performed at the grave of a soldier. Catherine Yronwode, Hoodoo occult shop owner, appears to be behind the rampage to have Dr. Kioni arrested for animal abuse. So just what happened?
The accusations are that Dr. Kioni burned a rooster alive at the grave site as part of a magical working for a client. Animal sacrifice is legal, though burning an animal is not. Dr. Kioni allegedly posted pics of the sacrifice on his Facebook, though Dr. Kioni claims someone hacked his account. Catherine Yronwode is now spear-heading a campaign to have Dr Kioni arrested by supporting a petition against Dr. Kioni. Yronwode didn't originate the petition, instead it was created by one of her associates, but she sure as hell is promoting it.
The case is complex and both Dr. Kioni and Catherine Yronwode have brought shame to the Hoodoo community. Dr. Kioni and Catherine Yronwode have a long professional history of working together. It appears, in my opinion and in the opinion of those in the know, that Catherine Yronwode has ulterior motivations for waging war against Dr. Kioni. I will not repeat the rumors here.
It's unlikely that any charges will be brought up against Dr. Kioni as it would be far too difficult to prove that the chicken was alive at the time of it being allegedly burnt. However, it is very likely that Dr. Kioni will now find himself under police scrutiny for some time to come.
For the record, Dr. Kioni states that the rooster was killed legally. Dr. Kioni and Catherine Yronwode have severed professional ties. The mother of the soldier whose grave was used as the location of the ritual is quite naturally upset and shaken over the incident.
Note: Though I am a practitioner of Hoodoo, I am strongly opposed to animal sacrifice of any form. I do not harm any animals in my practice.
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