In the dark of the night, a mixed group of teenage boys and girls huddle together in a circle inside a secluded cemetery, holding hands and chanting invocations to the Satan.
In the centre of the huddle is placed the skull of a monkey or a dog with the inscription 'nataS si doG' which in reverse reads 'God is Satan'.
The geometric progression in popularity of devil worship had, of course, set alarm bells ringing causing concern among confused parents and teachers, unable to make out whether their young ones were indulging in drug abuse or worse.
The popular belief here is that some youth took to Satanic worship after watching a film called 'The Craft' in television where the worshippers were 'blessed' with supernatural powers.
Performers of the 'black mass' soon fall into a trance and one after another slash their wrists in a ritual offering of blood to the Biblical 'fallen angel'.
A seven-paged report earlier prepared by a four-member Aizawl Theological College Faculty said that illicit, even unnatural sex, incest and intake of psychotropic drugs were mandatory during the 'satanic rituals'.
The youthful indulgence in witchcraft in the deeply religious Mizo society then confounded the powerful Presbyterian church which authorised the research by the Aizawl Theological College Faculty.
The report, submitted to the Aizawl district superintendent of police by Lalliansawta, a church elder working in the Presbyterian Synod office, quoted some of the boys and girls indulging in the worship as saying that, "We sat silently during devotional meetings in our home and worshipped Lucifer."
Lalliansawta, while submitting the report to the SP in 2002, requested the police to look into the devil worship as it was a 'social menance' and could lead to a plethora of social evils'.