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Bulletproof Shields

By: Johanna Perez Gomez  

The paper analyses the rituals used by paramilitary right wing armed groups proliferating in Colombia since 1980, to obtain super natural protection. It focuses particularly on the magic used to obtain bulletproof shields, explaining it symbolism, the transaction with spiritual agencies it involves and its relation to people usages of everyday protection magic. Describing the imagery of the practice, is possible to disclose how this is embedded in local forms of religiosity. I examine the deep social transformation caused by paramilitary groups through the perspective of the syncretic form of religiosity they deployed in armed struggle.

Colombian Armed Conflict, Syncretic Religiosity
2019 Special Focus—Universal Religious Symbols: Mutual Influences and Specific Relationships
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session



Johanna Perez Gomez

Doctoral Student, Anthropology, University College London, United Kingdom
United Kingdom