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The Media and Palo Mayombe

The Media and Palo Mayombe

http://science.discovery.com/videos/oddities-black-magic-woman-videos/ Nsala Maleko, Above is a link to a video clip from the television series Oddities, on the Science Channel–an otherwise excellent show that has fallen into the same trap that nearly every media outlet that comes across Palo falls into. They do a quick google search, read the nonsense website that has been on top of the google search results for “Palo...

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Spiritism, Mesa Blanca and the Truth behind Mayombe.

Spiritism, Mesa Blanca and the Truth behind Mayombe.

  “To be a spiritist you do not need to be a mayombero. But to be a mayombero you must need to be spiritual” Most of the times when we think of mayombe and its practices its very natural to comprehend that this is a nature based religion.The actions within a person’s natural life cycle. Birth and rearing into children after living that cycle you move on to adulthood. Then the corporal body shuts down and your physical...

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On “Nsala Maleko”, the Palo Greeting

In greetings we use an acronym of the word Sala Mu leka.. Which in Zulu means “good day to you”…. when we say goodbye in Zulu we say “sala kah le”. As time has gone bye due to creole influence most Bantu tribes adapted in Cuba Sala Maleko, as many regions did not have muslim influence until the inception of arabs taking slaves before the europeans started to exploit this to their own benefit and needs. Nsala...

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Necromancy versus Necrology, The Truth on Mayombe Practice.

Necromancy versus Necrology, The Truth on Mayombe Practice.

In casual conversation this identity of mayombe being a necromantic practice to me in my view is false. I believe that when we talk about veneration of ancestral roots mayombe is a living entity. You would have to associate one of the greatest fallacy in the world which is the Roman Catholic church. Many historical accounts of conjuring spirits comes directly from the book of Ezekiel in the valley of dry bones. “Prophesy to these bones...

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Congruity between Congo Magical Systems

There is a way of thinking about reality–and learning to interact with it–that empowers all of the Congo-rooted magical systems currently alive here in the West. Having years of experience as a conjurer in the Hoodoo tradition here in America, and learning from an experienced Tata the methods of Palo Mayombe as an Engueyo,  I continually am finding parallels between the two. There are two ideas in particular that stand out...

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