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Potions to Ward Off Unemployment

El Diario/La Prensa, News Report, Cristina Loboguerrero, Translated by Elena Shore Posted: Dec 17, 2008

Editor's Note: Santeria shops that used to sell love potions are finding that most of their customers now are looking for potions to help them find a job.

UNION CITY, NEW JERSEY An economic crisis, joblessness and tough times are driving those who used to seek spiritual guidance in love to seek spiritual help in finding work.

In the store Botnica La Milagrosa, in Union City, at least 35 of its 40 daily customers are looking for potions to bring them good luck and help finding a job, something that has become scarce these days.

Agustina Hernndez, who works at the shop, says that last year customers asked for bath salts, potions and all manner of gadgets to attract their loved one, prevent them from being with anyone else, or simply to look for a boyfriend.

With a deep sigh and a resigned tone, Hernndez, 52, says that now, "were selling everything related to helping people look for a job and avoid bad luck, like Ruda, a known herb used to clean houses and businesses, as well as the famous open the way, victorious and church incense."

In terms of whether these types of potions really help, 72-year-old Cuban Laura Rosnell, who describes herself as a santera, stresses that the most important thing is that people, in addition to doing these rituals, go out and look for work; thats how they help, because I know people who think these are miracles that can work alone.

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