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Monday, March 7, 2016

Brazil's former richest man throws £130k worth of gold coins into the sea in a bid to appease the 'Queen of the sea' and regain lost glory

Eike Batista was once Brazil's richest man with a net worth of about £25billion and placed 7th on Forbes' list of billionaires, but misfortune hit in 2013. His oil and commodities companies collapsed. In a bid to rebuild his billion-dollar empire, he has resorted to what some may see as superstition.

The flamboyant businessman tossed over 700 thousand Brazilian reais (£130,000) in gold coins onto the waves off the coast of Rio de Janeiro's Ipanema beach last month after a Brazilian African religious leader advised he needed to appease a water-bound deity Yamanja, known as the queen of the seas, for his past 'ungrateful' actions.

'He came to me for help and I told him that everything he had taken from the sea has to be returned in some way and this could be done by a ritualistic gesture showing gratitude,' said Ubirajara Pinheiro, a medium and a priest of the Umbanda religion – a syncretic polytheistic belief that draws on African spiritual traditions mixed with elements of Roman Catholicism.

'Most of (Eike's) recent business explorations were connected to the ocean and you cannot remove ore from the earth without thanking and giving back,' warned Pinheiro, who has been a practicing mystic for over 30 years.
'It's only after we've been punished by God do we then see the wrong we have done,' he added.
In 2013, Batista suffered one of the largest personal and financial collapses in corporate history losing 99 percent of his £25billion fortune when his six company commodities empire, which included offshore gas and oil exploration, and gold and iron ore mining, went bust defaulting on the largest corporate debt in the history of a Latin American company.

Batista however is undeterred in his quest to regain his former glory, he admits he is highly superstitious and has employed the services of psychics in the past to guide his business, what's more, he believes he will be able to roll back the tide of misfortune.

Chartering a yacht, he took to sea to perform a ceremony that involved placing the gold coins in a small vessel with flowers, perfume, champagne and a statue of Yemanja. The little boat was then pushed out to sea in the presence of Pinheiro who led prayers, meditation and chanting.

Asked if this is an expensive way to make amends, Pinheiro who is based in Rio said : 'It is not about the quantity it is a matter of faith. Many years ago when (Eike) visited my house I warned him what would happen.'

It has been a spectacular fall from giddy heights for the father-of-two who bought his first goldmine aged just 24, Last year, federal police went to his house, seizing a Lamborghini and six other cars, additional assets and 90,000 reals (£22,000) in cash from the homes of Brazil's once-richest man.

Source: UK Daily Mail

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Howells runnergal said...

If Na Naija, o boy......
Ijaw people
Which goddess.
Mamiwater

CHERYL (aka FROM GLORY to GLORY) said...

Chineke! Where exactly, I need to go on some diving adventure!

Oslo King said...

Imagine

Chika ❤️ said...

Ogbanje tins

ONYX linda ikeji first son GODWIN said...

Anything too get back what he lost,its okay, he's in a desperate and dark phase now.he has too try anything,not trying is worse.

Saphire Muna said...

Odiegwu,.....





........ We aim to please.....

udeze obumneme said...

Na them sabi.

Jamila Shaibu said...

Na so

BONARIO NNAGS said...

"it's a matter of faith"
just like people trek here but contribute to buy jet for their pastor.

. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

OMIDAN ABBY said...

Loool
I laugh in Brazil..

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Dis is stupidity fa


...merited happiness

livingstone chibuike said...

Hmmm

Lindawoju Ooo said...

whattheheckdoeshethinkhewasdoing?

freeborn zinalima said...

Wow i love it every great man has a secret because every good thing in life come from the sea.
I am alive today is from the say may the Goddess have pity for him and bless him ibanika lado suaaaaaaaaaaa sukilaaaaa.
I love the God of the sea.
















#sad indeed

JAGABAN said...

See people wey get money na,nor be Linda,Freeze and Davido wey wan use watches and bags dey affect people destiny online

Juliet Iwuno said...

Onye iberibe! Linda take note!

Chika ❤️ said...

Ogbanje tins! Abeg which sea be that?

mira cookie said...

Na wire ooo! Nt only Africans are fetish....

SOCHIMA Dike said...

Naija go swim that ocean just to get that gold coin. Lol but the man would av given it to the leas privileged and God will bless him

depressed sister said...

Yemoja!

This is a yoruba water spirit appeasing rite

anyway may God answer his prayers

Adesanwo kemi said...

that's crazy u know.linda see to his case

Anonymous said...

Did I hear catholicism? Oh! Oyibo mamiwater practice pass, those pple sabi do spiritism.

Theresa Egan said...

Madness!!!, when there are thousands of homeless people. He is such a BIG FOOL indeed cos if he has given that money to the poor, God will surely reward him whether his ways are pleasing to God or not. Stupid man!!!

Oge Okafor said...

Hmmm,even oyibo too?

Anonymous said...

Tomorrow dem go say na Africa dey do jazz pass...Onyibo know dis tinz and dey give honour to whom honour is due...If I'm lying, pls ask d expatriates in Nigeria...dey do all dis tinz daz why dey are successful...It is called ''Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar''....My Bishop would say ''Be at peace with all spirit and do the right thing!

ahabike daniel said...

Chai sowing his seed but in the wrong way

Amos Mohammed said...

Life is spiritual.belieeeeeeeve.

Daniel Miles said...

That's his bliv so let's wait and see the outcome.....



Milez

Omolara Martins said...

Yamanja like yemoja hmmm

ELVIS EMEKA said...

Hmmmmm! Every one with their believe. This is just outright stupid.

Ogbukwa Blessing said...

Nawaooo this is serious just like that

Oluwasegun Akinbamowo said...

Yamanja is same as yemoja the yoruba deity (mermaid). Any ways I'm about to dive in, I'll brief you when I get out

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately he doesn't see the connection between his business going bust and his past reliance on psychics and mediums.

Anonymous said...

Hope he finds dat he seek. Oyibo u peopld sef de belive in supersition like we do? Ruth

Bertila Clu said...

Smilin......hmmmmmm....for d bible says; it is vry difficult for a camel to pass via d eye of a neddle so as for a rich man to make heaven: u rilly nid to b careful in dis life for dose of us dat wil find demselves in dis position.

Garrett Coates said...

Ofccourse,Big money always come with a price,so when you pay your duce,you enjoy life,money is spiritual,so what he is doing is very right,he will rise again,fame money and power,dont just come over night,you have to pay for it!

Saheed Oluwasegun said...

What a stupid idea.😯

RareSpecie Z said...

Its aiit.
Will equally do almost anything to reclaim past/faded glory.

Chinedu Mgbemena said...

Lol... Its not only in Naija

AQO said...

Yemanja? Just like "Yemoja" in Yoruba. Same meaning.
This goes a long way to show that the tower of Babel occurrence in the Holy Bible ain't a fallacy.










Jesus is Lord.

PETER IFEANYICHUKWU said...

Listen Mr billionaire that wealth you're going after will land you in hell fire at the end of your life allow God to help you and safety will be your portion

rayzur kontractor said...

Bro your riches came from the sea .dem sea creatures don't play nice. I advise u give ur heart to christ instead !

evy claret said...

The devil gives you with one hand and uses the other hand to beat you while collecting back multiple of his gift

Eva Da Diva...

Adaobi said...

Daddy do you know you just threw away my dream home in maitama and a range rover?

Vivian Reginalds said...

Chaiii
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Joyous babe,Linda ikeji first cousin said...

Even oyibo people too,odikwa egwu.

Joyous babe,Linda ikeji first cousin said...

Even oyibo people too,odikwa egwu.

Yetty k said...

I hope his faith works for him

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