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Peru's shamans make their predictions for 2011

Peruvian faith healers or "shamans" have gathered in Lima to make predictions for the coming year and to perform a ceremony which they believe will protect the spirits of world leaders.

The holy men forecast that most Latin American leaders would have a tough year in 2011 and also said Barack Obama would face "conflict" in July.

They singled out Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for special criticism, sentencing him to a "spiritual punishment".

The ritual is always performed at San Cristobal, a hill in the Rimac district behind the Presidential Palace in Lima, considered by the shamans to be the "apu" or deity.

  • 30 Dec 2010
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