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Snail mucus ingested in religious ritual

5 years ago Friday, March 12, 2010 7:27:08 PM CST March 12, 2010 Friday, March 12 2010 Mar 12, 2010 in News
Source: Associated press

Followers of a man in Miami who professes to practice a traditional African religion were shocked to learn they had to ingest the mucus of a giant African snail.  Federal authorities got complaints and raided the home of Charles L. Stewart in January but he was not charged.  The investigation continues because the giant Afican snail is prohibited in the U.S. without approval.  Stewart told the Miami Herald newspaper he meant no harm and his religion uses the snail in healing ceremonies.  Followers say they got violently sick, lost weight and developed strange lumps in their stomachs. The snail can grow up to 10-inches long and can even eat plaster.  Its known to devestate ecosystems its introduced in.

 

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