In modern witchcraft no ritual is as taboo as the curse, a rite that is intended to bring harm or death on the witch's enemies. Among the many methods of cursing is the poppet curse. This is where the soul of the target is tethered to a ritually prepared likeness in order to sympathetically bond them together so what happens to one happens to the other.
Palo Mayombe is an Afro-Cuban religion that centers around a spiritual vessel called an nganga which houses the religion's godlike spirits. Animals are considered sacred for nourishing mankind as well as spirits. For that reason any animal that is to be used for food is first ritually offered to the nganga and made sacred through sacrifice.