US politician admits to drinking the blood of a goat he sacrificed 'to wilderness god'
A lawyer running for election in the United States has been criticised for admitting he killed a goat and drank its blood as a “sacrifice to the god of the wilderness”.
Augustus Sol Invictus, a member of the Libertarian Party in Florida, admitted carrying out the ritual after a rival called his campaign to win a seat in the US Senate as “absolute insanity”.
“I did sacrifice a goat,” the 32-year-old told the Associated Press.
“I know that's probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans.
“I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness…yes, I drank the goat's blood.”
The news agency reported the goat was killed in 2013, after Mr Invictus walked from central Florida into the Mojave Desert and spent a week fasting and praying.
The 32-year-old lawyer claims to practice Thelema, a pagan religion based on the teachings of self-declared English prophet Aleister Crowley.
He changed his name to the Latin phrase that means "majestic unconquered sun" a number of years ago, reports the Associated Press.
Adrian Wyllie, the former chairman of the Libertarian Party in Florida, resigned in protest after revealing the sacrifice and levelling accusations that Mr Invictus wanted to start an American civil war.
Mr Wyllie said the 32-year-old holds extreme views: “He's a self-proclaimed fascist. He's promoting a second civil war.”
"This guy has no place in the Libertarian Party."
Mr Wyllie, who unsuccessfully ran as a Libertarian for the governor of Florida last year, fears the Mr Invictus campaign will stunt the party's recent gains.
Invictus called Mr Wyllie's allegations a "smear campaign" and while admitting many white supremacists supported his candidacy, he was not a racist.
“Pagans are mad at me right now for giving them a bad rap,” he added. “[But] if you're upset about a witch hunt, blame the media, not the guy on your own team.”