A Salvadorean ‘brujo’ (sorcerer) stretches out his hand towards the client before starting the tobacco reading ritual in a street fortune telling shop in San Salvador, El Salvador. A Salvadorean ‘brujo’ (sorcerer) stretches out his hand towards the client before starting the tobacco reading ritual in a street fortune telling shop in San Salvador, El Salvador.
A Salvadorean ‘brujo’ (sorcerer) holds a burning cigar, predicting the future from shapes shown on the tobacco leaves, in a street fortune telling shop in San Salvador, El Salvador. A Salvadorean ‘brujo’ (sorcerer) holds a burning cigar, predicting the future from shapes shown on the tobacco leaves, in a street fortune telling shop in San Salvador, El Salvador.
A Salvadorean ‘brujo’ (sorcerer) puffs a cigar to predict the future of his client from burn tobacco leaves in a street fortune telling shop in San Salvador, El Salvador. A Salvadorean ‘brujo’ (sorcerer) puffs a cigar to predict the future of his client from burn tobacco leaves in a street fortune telling shop in San Salvador, El Salvador.
The cigar butts, used for predicting the future, are seen thrown on the ground in the corner of a street fortune telling shop in San Salvador, El Salvador. The cigar butts, used for predicting the future, are seen thrown on the ground in the corner of a street fortune telling shop in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Tobacco ritual

San Salvador, El Salvador – February 2014

A Salvadorean ‘brujo’ (sorcerer) predicts the future of his client from burn tobacco leaves in a street fortune telling shop in San Salvador, El Salvador. Due to the strong historical tradition of using tobacco by indigenous shamen in Americas, nowadays, the reading of tobacco is one of the most most widespread methods of divination, employed by esoteric practitioners and healers in all Latin American countries. According to the shapes of burn leaves, colors of ash and smoke, burning velocity and other factors, the experienced fortune teller interprets the manifested signs in relation with the supposed future of people involved in the tobacco ritual.

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