Abre nkuto wirindinga cucha cuento que yo mbonda.(open your ears and listen to what I am about to say)
At the turn of Friday we will be in one of the most celebrated times in the world. When many christian beliefs stir the memory of the crucifixion and recount the days leading to his death. In many mayombe houses this is the day when you work your nkisi to bring about change to events in one’s life and in others as well. Many a house sell to the idea that this is the best time to work and unleash that energy. In actuality most of the old time mayomberos understood that the spring equinox between March and September brought about rapid movement in the earth’s tilt.
The sun rises earlier and the days become longer and so their was more time to work in the mountains, and hills where the most effective work could be staged. The old timers would say that god forgot about humanity on this day and so it was open to wreak havoc on your enemies and those that have done you wrong. The idea that on this day you would be Judio(Jewish) came from the actual phrase that if you were not christian than you were other(Jewish). Many mayombe houses are not christian and actually have sayings like my brother Bari Yaya (Alex la Salle) Ki-moro ko(I do not speak Moorish tongue). So in essence we are neither Jewish nor Christian nor Islamic we are Bantu.
Everyday since the spring equinox started around 20th of March this is when these dimensional pulls between the earth, the moon and the sun start. Unleashing more of a fierce energetic pull between the world of the living and the world of the unseen. This is when a palero is supposed to show his work as a healer, a warrior, and a person who understands the science within our practice. The misconception that this little red devil in a skin tight suit with a pitchfork is actually kind of exaggerated due to the fact of christian influence within the popular culture of Palo Mayombe. In Mayombe we say Somos o no Somos(we are or we are not). Lunkankasi as a spirit or an nkisi of justice works on the abilities of human negligence and weakness. But he is definitely not the devil. Titles like Lugambe, Yenda Kumbansa, Lumucie, Lukaembo, In vodou Yabofe, this spiritual force you can not call with ideal problems.
This energy is to resolve real problems and on this day he is closest to open the door to that communication with this energy which is the counter balance of what we know as Nsambi. But since this is just the malicious force of nsambi this is his creation and within this idea comes that Lunkankasi/Nsambi are one in the same. This is the way we separate ourselves from other cultures we understand that malice and healing walk hand in hand it’s just the way a priest or priestess in our religion interprets his world view and beliefs. When it comes to the way he or she practices is not up for debate in this article.
Just trying to show that we are not satanists we are just practitioners of a faith that is truly integrated in old world philosophy just updated in the 21st century. Mayombe has its own ritual rites and practices that are deeply rooted to the earth, the universe, and the world around us. All of this does not prove that we do not go out on these days and wish our enemies ill, We do. But as in anything when it comes to law of the universe and justifiably behind our actions is what can move and heal or bring true spiritual destruction.
Many different spiritual denominations practice several things on this day which is April 6th Good Friday. Ritual rites throughout the world will be performed on this day. Lets be mindful that some are good and some not so good. In mayombe we are the controllers of our destiny and so what is will be and what will not be will not be. Malembe….. Tata Musitu.