A Filipino medicine man has revealed how he raids cemeteries to steal the KNEECAPS of dead people – which then give him spiritual protection.
Angelito Oreta trawls the public cemeteries around his home in Muntinlupa, on the outskirts of Manila, the Philippines, to plunder the freshly-dug graves.
Rather than stealing valuables, Angelito and his devotees ‘knee-cap’ the stiff corpses and use scalpels to extract the patellas.
Medicine man Angelito, 55, then soaks the bones in coconut oil for several days to remove the skin while offering ”prayers and devotion” to the spirits of their previous owners.
Followers believe that the blessed kneecaps act like ”guardian angels” giving them protection from thieves and attackers in the country’s drug-war ravaged slums.
Angelito – who admits that the practice is illegal – said: ”They are the kneecaps of the deceased. We get them from the public cemeteries, of course.
”We don’t know who they belong to. They’re from different people. They are not my relatives but I offer prayers to them. They could protect my family.”
Angelito believes that the spirits of the dead people who the kneecaps once belonged to will act like guardian angels because ”you are feeding them with prayers”.
He keeps the kneecaps scattered around his hut and also wears them like lucky amulets, hanging around his neck or made into a belt around his waist.
The pieces are not for sale, but only handed out to trusted friends and his inner circle of black magic devotees.
Angelito added: ”The benefit that the guardian angels from the patellas will bring is that they will help your livelihood. They won’t abandon you. But it all depends if you’re going to use the power for doing good.
”The kneecaps are used for protection. They act as an assistant. Or they also work as a shield. They could guard your house, and defend you from those who would harm you.
”They protect your family and take you away from harm’s way, like gun shots. They could work like a shield or protection.
”The kneecaps are not talismans. They need devotion and prayers.”