Every year on the 2nd of February, people of all religions here in Montevideo, in Brazil, and other parts of the world come to their respective beach and give offerings to the god of the ocean - Diosa del Mar.
Families walk hand in hand into the ocean to give their thoughts and tokens of appreciation. Candles are lit on the beach in makeshift mini-pits in the sand. The scene reminded me of a time long ago in Broom, Western Australia for their night of worship with lit candles on the beach.
But I was surprisingly more fascinated watching the visitors rid the bad spirits from their bodies. The way in which the evil-spirit-takers were touching the stomach, chest, and eregenous zone of their subjects surprised me...to say the least.