The alarm was raised when cemetery staff on the morning of Saturday February 13th discovered a tomb had been broken open and parts of a corpse scattered across the crowd.
Among the bones were two voodoo dolls tied together, a candle and some piles of rice, beans, sweetcorn and noodles as well as two small plastic cups filled with rum, according to the Alicante-based Diario Información.
A 37-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman were arrested and admitted that they had carried out a dawn ritual intended to "break the bond" between the woman and her ex-partner so that the couple could be happy together.
National Police said that the man was a follower of Santeria, an Afro-Caribbean religion based on Yoruba beliefs and traditions that draws on Roman Catholic elements.
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It is the second case of desecration in Alicante cemetery since the start of the year. In early January, municipal staff discovered a tomb had been broken into and a the skull removed and placed on top of the coffin with a candle at its feet. Staff suspect that incident to be a prank.