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Palo, Spiritual Grace, and Tongo Sekue

Palo, Spiritual Grace, and Tongo Sekue

Nsala malongo, There are particular times in Palo when the nature of one’s spirit becomes important in practical workings. I had one of those times working with my nkisi a couple of nights ago, and thought I’d share what I learned. In my own experience, the mpungo that my nature is most closely attuned to is Tongo Sekue . This was revealed, as is tradition, during my first pact with Nature and Spirit during my rayamiento....

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Trance, Tobacco, and Palo Mayombe

Trance, Tobacco, and Palo Mayombe

The trance is an essential component of work in Palo; it would be impossible to accomplish healing or true communication with spirit without it. Let’s take a look at the different methods of gaining the spiritual trance we work with in Palo; perhaps through a close and thorough examination of method and technique involving trance we can improve our personal work and gain deeper understanding of the mysteries of our religion. Sounds...

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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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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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Puerto Rico and Congo Spirituality

The Congo peoples have a lengthy and rich history within the islands of Puerto Rico that should be recognized; Tata Nkisi Alex La Salle writes that: “There is a song within the bomba of Puerto Rico that says “hay dibu ding dibu dong, la campana suena ahora!” which makes reference to the Kongo spirit bell called Dibu. This is only one of many points of evidence to prove that the Kongo spirit was alive in puerto rico during...

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The Alchemical Wisdom of Palo Mayombe

Palo Mayombe as a wisdom tradition is often misunderstood; the effectiveness of its thaumaturgical practice has left the impression that practical magic/brujeria is the entirety of its wisdom. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mayombe is an alchemical and evolutionary spiritual tradition. It is as brutally effective theurgically as it is thaumaturgically, which hasn’t helped it’s reputation either.  In order...

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