Diaspora first entered English in the late 19th century to describe the scattering of Jews after their captivity in Babylonia in the 5th century B.C.E. The term originates from the Greek diasporá, meaning “a dispersion or scattering,” found in Greek translations of the Hebrew Bible (Deuteronomy 25) In Black Europe and the African Diaspora Alexander Weheliye (2009) writes a section and clearly explains diaspora this way: “Diaspora...Read More
Sala Malongo Tatas, Yayi,Ngueyos and all. Happy Holidays and all the best to everyone in the new year. While this year is about to approach I wanted to touch on a subject that we may start holding video classes soon free of charge. Also holding conferences to talk about Palo Mayombe in a more symposium like setting. I will be reaching out to a few Paleros to start the ball rolling in the new year and hopefully it can be beneficial to many...Read More
When Palo Mayombe loses its logical basis, How do we as a community respond to the new inventions which can hinder our traditions?
Nsala Malongo and Happy Holidays, I am indeed looking to enjoy the time of this month to all the festivities and enjoy my family and friends. Just sending out well wishes to everyone. As for this article that I am writing I want you to keep an open mind. This is not bashing the occultist of our time or people who practice Magical spiritual principles. But this goes out to all the priests who are inventing with Goetic practices, So called...Read More
Buena nsala, When learning about Lucero, we read often in the literature and hear in the songs that Lucero leads a stream of spirits; he is the road-opener, he is first, Lucero Prima, Lucero madrugada. This isn’t allegory; it is quite literally the case, and I’ve found in my experience that each completed Lucero Nkisi will gather about it an entourage of spirits to work. Recently I had occasion to build a Lucero Ndoki for...Read More
Sala Malongo Everyone and best wishes to everyone who follows my blog. I realized that being away from the blog many people were asking me when was I going to write again. The truth of the matter is that I started a new job and have been settling in to my new position and with that obligation it made it difficult to write. Nevertheless here I am back on the site to inform people. My topic for today is the Hollywood Palero. Yes you may know...Read More
Sala Malongo all the people who follow my blog as you know I have had the pleasure of helping and collaborating in an anthology which is due to hit the market sometime in May. I had the honor to write my own work alongside gifted publishers and respected peers of magic and sorcery to bring to light an understandable work for the palo mayombe community. E.A. Koetting interviewed me a while ago and while I did not know how people would...Read More
Palo Mayombe is it Afro Cuban or is it now Afro American? North and South of the Americas and the Caribbean.
In the last couple of weeks on many forums on Facebook there has been a lot of controversy about the practitioners of Palo Mayombe in regards to race, class, ethnic authenticity. Who are the rightful practitioners of Palo Mayombe and who are these unforseen practitioners to supposedly destroy a spiritual consciousness. What is the terrible truth to me as I am informed of all of this nonsense it is from a place of racial bias and inequality...Read More