The Senorio Ritual

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Disclaimer: I am posting this for fun and because people enjoy reading about these things. If you choose to play any of these games then you do so at your own risk.

How to Play

Notes

  • Credit goes to The_Kalawishis
  • This ritual is simply provided for interest. I don’t recommend performing this. Unless any of you own a secluded manor near Mexico City then you wouldn’t be able to play anyway.
  • Also known as The Manor Ritual. It took place in a Manor (obviously) near Mexico City in the eighteenth century.
  • Usually played by peninsulars and criollos, New World figures who were at the top of the sistema de castas racial hierarchy.
  • It is said that this ritual was only performed a few times and had died out almost completely by the time of Caste War of Yucatan (a Mayan uprising) took place.
  • There may be links to the human sacrifice rituals which were practiced by the Aztecs, although the OP notes that such links are tenuous at best. The connection appears to be that the ritual was performed near Tenochtitlan and involved staircases and blood.
  • The effigy was most commonly fashioned from straw, cloth and wood. Although it is said that the family performing the ritual would, in extreme cases, use a deceased Native or African laborer, painted and dressed appropriately.
  • There are over twenty variations of this ritual, each deviating in insignificant ways.
  • It is not clear what ‘black blood’ actually is. The OP describes it thus, ‘in illustrations, it is often depicted as a red liquid, dark to the point of almost being black (in one source it is completely black, the same color as the text). Given its name, some have ventured to conjecture that black blood is blood mixed with ashes, although that conjecture does not help answer the question of exactly what animal the blood would come from.’

 

Equipment

  • A  secluded manor house with two stories and a straight stairwell ascending from one to the other.
  • An assistant.
  • A chair.
  • A pike.
  • Linen.
  • Black blood.
  • An effigy of the ‘victim.’
  • A sack or piece of cloth.
  • Three candles
  • A full length mirror.
  • A lighter or matches.

Steps

  • First you must select a room in which to play. The room should be above another. The OP describes this room as “el piso de la sala superior es el techo de la sala inferior’, that is, the top rooms floor is the bottom rooms ceiling.” You should clearly be able to hear someone speaking in the ‘superior’ room.
  • Clear all furniture from both rooms (above and below), including all portraits or photographs, especially anything that is connected to the family (heirlooms etc). If either room has windows, these must be covered.
  • A lone chair should be placed in the middle of the ‘superior’ room, facing the door.
  • The floor of the interior room should be covered with linen.
  • A pike should be stood perpendicular to the floor in the ‘inferior’ room.
  • An assistant should prepare an effigy of the intended ‘victim’ of the ritual, usually an enemy of the family. This effigy should be attached to the pike, ensuring that it does not touch the floor.
  • After full dark, the performer, customarily female, should sit on the chair in the middle of the ‘superior’ room.
  • From here there are some minor deviations based on the time period in which the ritual was performed. To avoid confusion I am using the later method.
  • The assistant should now place a full length mirror upright beside the door and light three candles before leaving the room, covering their face with a sack or cloth as they do so.
  • You should now place the mirror so it leans against the door as vertically as possible, facing the chair.
  • The assistant should take a case of ‘sangre nagra’ or ‘black blood’ to the inferior room. They should pour the black blood over the effigy and loudly chant, ‘el te derriba,’ (he casts you out) seven times. The blood should cover the effigy and drip onto the linen on the floor.
  • Once you hear the seventh, ‘el te derriba,’ you should begin your part of the ritual. You should cover your ears with your hands and say, ‘dios no ve este casa,’ (God does not see this house) seven times.
  • Now stare at the mirror and bare your teeth at your reflection, blinking as seldom as possible.
  • The assistant should wait a moment for ‘el diablo ha tenido suficiente para beber,’ which translates as ‘when the devil has had enough to drink.’ This is usually the moment when the last of the black blood has stopped dripping onto the linen.
  • The assistant should now leave the ‘inferior’ room and go to the ‘superior’ room and knock on the door. This alerts you to begin the next phase of the ritual.
  • You should now leave the room, relocating the mirror and candles to their former positions on the way out. Approach the head of the stairwell.
  • The assistant should return to the ‘inferior’ room and detach the effigy of the ‘victim’ from the pike, bringing it to you. You now throw it down the stairs, saying, ‘el te derriba.’
  • The assistant should retrieve the effigy and hand it to you so the process can be repeated until it totals seven times, although some deviations specify only three. You should repeat ‘el te derriba’ each time, getting louder with each repetition.
  • The effigy should now be burned by the assistant.
  • The assistant can now clean up, which includes removing the mirror and candles and storing them in a secluded, but secure location. The mirror must never be broken.
  • If the ritual has been performed correctly, the victim should come to a sudden and unfortunate end within seven days. This can be via illness or a dark figure that will appear in their room and spirit them away. If however the ritual has been performed incorrectly, then you and your family will pay a heavy price.

Safety first

It is said if you perform this ritual incorrectly you will hear Sympathy for the Devil playing repeatedly in your ear for all eternity. Not really.

Risk level

High.

The OP details a great number of things that can go wrong with this ritual. I quote directly from the OP here:

‘The most common mistake is to pour too much black blood onto the effigy, letting the liquid drip onto the floor for far too long.

Though the ritual should start well after dusk, various sources emphasize how it needs to be performed quickly, and a small number warn that if the ritual drags on after midnight then it could have deadly consequences.

Rare but valuable personal accounts from performers of the ritual often note how they can feel an unnerving presence around them as they sit, head covered or uncovered, in the superior room. Notably, those who adhered to the later custom would often see their reflection slowly and subtly morph into a repulsive and demonic figure, baring its teeth back at the performer in the dim light.

An obscure account from a servant’s diary, one that was restored by a local librarian after many weeks of labor, tells of an envious aging wife who wanted to kill a woman whom her husband was doting on with the ritual, using the later custom. The servant, who was the assistant for that particular ritual, accidentally poured too much black blood onto the effigy, thus letting the ritual drag on past midnight. He described how, just as the trickle of black blood was beginning to slow, he heard a series of frantic screams from the wife above him. He rushed up to the superior room and pushed open the door, knocking the mirror onto the floor and shattering it. The wife claimed to have seen the devil completely materialize in the mirror and attempt to step out of it before it was shattered. Various times after that event, the servant records sightings of a dark red, almost black figure in various places around the manor and its grounds, sightings which stop with the death of the wife less than a month after the ritual.

The second most common problem that occurs during the ritual involves the phase when the effigy is thrown repeatedly down the stairs. From the repeated impacts many effigies fall apart, and can only be taken back up a stairwell in tatters. Limited accounts of this happening all mention that a foul odor beyond that of the effigy’s material or that of black blood seems to emanate from the effigy’s exposed innards, leaving behind a sickening miasma that seems to inhabit the stairwell for weeks. Those who use the stairwell regularly after that are documented as developing symptoms similar to those supposed to be inflicted on the victim. Perhaps most disturbing was the account of a family that used a fresh cadaver of a Native laborer. They had committed to casting the laborer down the stairs a full seven times, but on the sixth time the corpse opened its eyes and growled demonically. The panicked family incinerated the effigy immediately, terminating the ritual. The family patriarch, who describes the ritual in his diary, then begins to describe vivid nightmares and episodes of sleep paralysis involving the effigy watching him as he lay in bed. He writes of these incidents almost nightly for a month before his diary inexplicably ends.’

Would I play?

No.

 

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Robert Johnson. Hellhound On My Trail.

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Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi in 1911. After his death in 1938 he became known as The King of the Delta Blues Singers. Despite being recognized as a competent harmonica player, another musician Son House said he was an embarrassingly bad guitarist. Johnson took the name of his natural father and it is believed that he left the town of Robinsonville in order to search for him. During his stay in Martinsville he trained with Son House and another guitar player, Isaiah ‘Ike’ Zinnerman who was rumoured to have gained his own guitar skills supernaturally by lurking in graveyards at midnight.

When he returned to Robinsonville he seemed to have gained a new proficiency with the guitar, his skill level having supposedly risen too much and too fast to be attributed to practice or tuition alone, although there were at least two full years between House meeting Johnson as a novice guitar player and labelling him as a master.

According to legend Johnson was instructed to take his guitar to a crossroad near Dockery Plantation at midnight. Crossroads have long been a place associated with darkness and demons and to this day are locations for many creepy games, such as Tsuji-ura.

At the crossroad Johnson made a deal with the devil, exchanging his soul for mastery of the guitar. This legend may have arisen because Johnson chose to play secular songs, which was known locally as ‘selling your soul to the devil.’ After this legend became well known Son House was interviewed and asked whether he believed it. His equivocal answers were taken as confirmation that such a deal took place. Another version suggests that this meeting took place in a graveyard, not at a crossroad, probably influenced by his connection to Zinnerman. You can read more about the pact here.

Johnson died at age 27. Reports about his death vary greatly, but one of the more well known accounts details how Johnson was playing at a dance near Greenwood and began flirting with a married woman. She offered him a bottle of whisky, poisoned by her husband, but a friend knocked it from his hand, advising him not to drink what he hadn’t seen opened. Johnson was apparently angered by this and accepted the next poisoned bottle. He died three days later in severe pain. Although strychnine was suggested as the possible cause, both Tom Graves and David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards have made compelling cases which dispute this (strychnine has a distinctive odour and taste and kills rapidly).

Another source claims that Johnson died of syphilis.

It is believed he was buried as a pauper in an unmarked grave in the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church near Morgan City. However, more recent research has suggested he was in fact buried under a pecan tree in the Little Zion Church.

Articles

Rolling Stone

Did Johnson sell his soul

The deal

The real crossroads

Supernatural, inside the legend

The importance of myth in the Johnson story

10 people who allegedly sold their soul

Johnson at 100

Videos

Tsuji-ura (game)

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Disclaimer: I am posting this for fun and because people enjoy reading about these things. If you choose to play any of these games then you do so at your own risk.

How to play

Notes

  • Whoever tells your fortune must tell the truth, even if they would normally lie.
  • This game was so popular that the Japanese produced small crackers called ‘Tsuji-ura‘ which is roughly translated as ‘Crossroads Fortune Telling crackers’.
  • Credit.
  • One of the most famous myths about crossroads involves the musician Robert Johnson. You can read it here.
  • Some information and myths about crossroads are here.

Equipment

Steps

  • Go to a crossroad at full dark.
  • Run your fingers through the teeth of a comb to make a sound.
  • Chant the following 3 times, ‘Tsuji-ura, Tsuji-ura, grant me a true response.’
  • Wait for a stranger to appear. Be patient. It cannot be anyone you already know.
  • When you see them you must cover your face with the veil. Anyone with you should do likewise.
  • Ask the stranger to tell your fortune.
  • If they refuse, remove whatever is covering your face and wait for someone else.

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Safety First

  • It was once said that powerful spirits lurk at crossroads – in the past they were evil places where murderers were buried and people made deals with demons. Of course, they’re also a wonderful place to bump into a rapist or serial killer, so you may want to bear that in mind. Always let someone know where you’re going, have a fully charged mobile phone with you. Consider going in a small group.

Risk level

Low providing you take adequate safety precautions.

Would I play?

Sure.

Devil’s Favour (game)

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Disclaimer: I am posting this for fun and because people enjoy reading about these things. If you choose to play any of these games then you do so at your own risk.

Notes

  • This seems very similar to the Bloody Mary legend so am assuming it is a modern evolution of that. The 13 candles is clearly a biblical reference.
  • For a long time it has been claimed that mirrors are gateways (also here) between worlds, which is why it’s said to be dangerous to sit in a dark room with one. Also why they are often used for scrying or other spells. I once read that mirrors were backed with silver and iron to stop anything evil from coming through. Silver is often rumoured to have mystical properties and in many older stories was used to dispatch any evil creature rather than lycanthropes.
  • I must confess that I don’t like mirrors much and not just because I’m prone to bad hair days. They can give off a strange vibe, especially the really old ones and there are some wonderful stories out there based upon this idea. Graham Masterton wrote a great one about the Lady of Shalot – possibly called Lamia?
  • There are a lot of interesting superstitions about mirrors, I may turn that into an entry at some point. Edited to say, I did. You can read it here.

How to play

Notes

  • It may only be played on Halloween, Midsummers Eve or Yule (the turning days).
  • People who have played this game have reported feelings of being watched afterwards, or strange activity in their houses.

Equipment

  • 12 black candles.
  • A mirror.
  • 1 red candle.
  • A clock or alarm so you know when it is midnight.
  • A lighter/matches.
  • A piece of paper and a pen.

Steps

  • Choose where you will play the game.
  • Set up your mirror and cover any windows.
  • Place 12 black candles in front of the mirror and light them.
  • At exactly midnight light the red candle.
  • You should see the Devil or a lesser demon.
  • You may ask one favour without sacrificing your soul. However, there is a price for everything and you will not be told what it is. Actual harm may come to you, or someone you care about as a result of any bargain you make. You cannot summon without offering something in return so be aware of this. Whoever contacts you will attempt to persuade you to make another bargain, do not do this.
  • After the bargain is agreed you should blow out the candles, leaving the red for last.
  • Write down the agreed bargain on a piece of paper.
  • Break up the candles and bury them apart. The piece of paper should be buried with the red candle. They should be buried somewhere near running water, ideally putting the water between yourself and the candles.

Safety First

Never leave a candle unattended. Fires are bad.

 Risk Level

High.

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