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The Practice of the Rule of the Stick in Cuba

Palo monte in cuba

The bantus Originally from the central region of Africa, they bequeathed to our religious cults the practice of Palo or Congo, the name by which this ancestral rule is called.

the stick mount, El Palo Mayombe, El Palo Congo, La Brillumba and La Kimbisa are veins that are nourished by the Palo, which is constituted as the main artery or matrix of this religious doctrine.

The truth of Palo Monte

Among its essential premises it reflects the need to balance the balance that equates good and evil, words that are translated in the same order as Mbote and Mbi.

Almost all the chants, prayers and invocations that are performed in the ceremonies of this religion are recited in a combination of the Castilian language and Kikongo.

Cuba and the Palo Congo

In the middle of the XNUMXth century, Cuba was the main springboard for the Palo Congo ruleA branch of this religion that was well known and practiced on the island developed in countries such as the United States and its colony Puerto Rico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic.

Within its main premises we find the cult of the supernatural universe and the knowledge and veneration of ancestral spirits.

The latter, according to their rule, penetrate inside the sticks, which are considered the main ingredient for their enchantments and endow them with certain magical powers.

Most works with Palo Congo They are performed on top of the gangue because this is the central object of said religious practices, in the same way it is known that the rituals can be performed only under the permission of Zambi, who is their main god.

How do you enter the Palería?

The practitioners of this religion are commonly called paleros, to be consecrated they must first be accepted by the garment and later undergo under the responsibility of a major to a ceremony known as scratching.

Their main deities and religious Syncretism

Among their gods we find Nzambi or Zambi which is the supreme deity of this religion which is syncretized with Constitution in the Yoruba religion and with the Creator in Catholic practices. 

Meanwhile lungombe it is a negative entity identified in other religions with the forces of evil or the devil.

Tata fumbe He is the god of death and disease who resembles Babalú Aye, the miraculous saint.

mariwara is equated with the Orisha OyáIt is the deity that guards the door that separates life from death.

The god of the forest is represented under the name of Gurufinda, having a special gift with herbs and developing enchantments with them, is connected with Osain del Monte, Orisha of the Yoruba pantheon.

Saraband deity of work and brute force is associated with Oggun in the Osha and with San Pedro, venerated saint in the Catholic Church.

Although its deities have been syncretized with saints from various cults, we must emphasize that Palo is a powerful and well-established religion, which has resurfaced, gaining popularity in recent times.

The accuracy of their ceremonies has allowed their faith to be professed throughout the continent, their ceremonies are joined by devotees of all ages, those who are impetuous for being initiated into this religion.

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