Day 90: Baguio
'I have only one question,' I say. 'Do you use blood capsules?'
Segundo brushes away such a suggestion.
'You cannot see what I am doing without the third eye,' he says. 'What you see with two eyes is nothing.'
To my two logical, rationally-conditioned Western eyes none of what I saw at 114, Lourdes Grotto Road adds up to a row of beans. The snap sounded suspiciously like a pop, the blood looked phoney and there was no evidence of a cure. But superstition and magic have been so eradicated from our culture that we no longer know how to deal with them. In a way Reverend Segundo is right. To begin to understand the history, traditions and powers of the ethnic, pre-Hispanic mountain people from which he is descended, and many similar societies, we need at least to have an open mind - or a third eye. In the meantime, I have his business card.
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