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Palo mayombe

Postby suicidex66 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:41 am

Hey everyone,
Iv been pretty interested in Palo lately but I cant find very much useful information on it. Does anyone here have any practice with this particular branch? I have a few really old books on this and santeria that I got from a past practitioner on her death however I cant read Spanish that well so that wont work lol.


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Re: Palo mayombe

Postby Bellatrix Lestrange » Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:13 am

I only know a bit..Palo mayombe orginated from the African Congo and is said to be the world's most powerful and feared form of black magic. In santeria religion there exists a dark side called Palo mayombe. people who practice this dark side are called Palero.

Palo Mayombe has a very long and historical history. This magic was transported to the Caribbean around the Spanish slave trade to Cuba and Puerto Rico in the 1500 i believe...

Palo Mayombe in Brazil is Quimbanda. Quimbanda is a mixture of traditional Congo, indigenous to India, Latin American spiritualism or profession...

Sad to say the lack of understanding and ignorance has always brought fear to people. In many cases this ignorance has brought extinction to entire races of people and cultures :(

Before you can become a part of Palo Mayombe, you must first consult an "experienced" Palo Priest. The Palero will determine through direct contact with the spiritual world and the persons ancestors, if they will be able to practice Palo Mayombe. Most times the spirit will reject an individual because Palo Mayombe is not for that individuals spiritual path. The spirits may also deny access to someone because they may not yet be ready to handle or understand the responsibilities of being a palero...That is all i know..


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Re: Palo mayombe

Postby Goldilocks » Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:57 pm

suicide are you looking for someone to give you references or what? cos i know someone who is a practitioner though you will have to purchase a reading to have access to him.



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Re: Palo mayombe

Postby suicidex66 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:17 am

"The spirits which are the most relevant for Palo are: the spirits of the Dead, the Spirits of Nature
(which inhabit trees, plants, rocks, animals etc.), and the Highest Entities which manifest themselves
in the Forces of nature (the Wind, the Lightning, the Sea, etc.) and in man.

The main worship and practice is being carried around the Nganga or Prenda, which is a consecrated
cauldron filled (amongst other things...) with sacred earth, sticks (palos), and bones, and it is dedicated
to a specifical spiritual energy.

This cauldron is also inhabited by the spirit of a Dead, which act as interface for all magical and religious
activities which are performed on the Nganga. Due to religious syncretism a lot of elements foreign to the
original african tradition may be present in the ceremonies, such as the use of the symbol of the christian
cross, images of saints (these much more common in the Palo families of Venezuela and Colombia), and
even using names and attributes of Orishas to describe/call the Enkisi, which are the Gods of Palo, the
powerful Entities which are submitted to the High God Zambi or Ensambi.

The Palero works with spirits of Light (Ensambi) or of the Darkness (Endoki). The latter being
also the denomination for the Paleros which do not use christian symbols in their practice of Palo.

To be initiated in Palo is necessary to undergo a ceremony called "Rayamiento" which means "scratching",
where special marks are traced on the skin of the new adept: a pact is made with the spirit who lives in the
cauldron, this ritual is also called "to swear with the Nganga". From now on, the person who has received
"Rayamiento" will be under the protection of the Nkisi who rules the Nganga of his/her Godfather.

The next step in the religion is becoming a Tata (Father), or Yaya (Mother) and receiving a cauldron.
Divination is used to determine which "path" of the Palo Entities is the most appropriate for the new
Nganga. A new ceremony is done where the Tata will swear to the Dead (Enfumbe) living in the Nganga
so that it may help with the spiritual and material development of the new full-fledged palero/a.

The divination method is called Kujamputu or Chamalongo, and the basic patterns are identical to Obi/Coco
Santeria divination. Because of Kardecian syncretism in many Houses of Palo (Covens submitted to one God-
father or Godmother) a Spiritual Misa is acted before the initiation, in order to identify the main spirits which
will help to develop one's life. These guides often speak also through possession, and may give direct advice."
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Has Anyone read "The Garden of Blood and Bones"? I Hear it has an amazing amount of insight.


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Re: Palo mayombe

Postby suicidex66 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:24 am

Nsambi ~ The Supreme Deity, the God that rules over the universe.
"Worship in Palo centers around a hierarchy of spirits, called Mpungos
Elemental Spirits ~ Spirits of trees, rivers, air, etc.
Mfumbe (Fumbe; Muertos) ~ Ghosts, spirits of the dead; ancestors
Nikisi ~ Powerful ancestral spirits who are roughly equivalent to the Orishas of Santeria or the Loas of Vodou; sharing names and characteristics with many.

The Seven main Nikisi of Palo are:

Tiembla Tierra ~ Creator of earth and mankind, ruler of the universe. He is related to Santeria's Oludumare.
Lucero ~ Messenger of the gods and guardian of the crossroads. Like Legba of Vodoun and Eleggua of Santeria, he is a trickster, and often childlike and impetuous. Lucero is often portrayed as something of a comic devil, with horns and tail; his emblem is a pitchfork.
Centella (Mama Wanga) ~ Ruler of cemeteries, winds, and the marketplace. She is associated with Santerioa's Oya and with Maman Brigitte of Vodoun.
Zarabanda ~ Nikisi of iron, blood, war, and divine vengeance. He is equivalent to Ogoun of Santeria and Vodoun.
Siete Rayos ~ Holds dominion over lightning and fire. He is the personification of justice, passion, and inspiration, and is related to Chango.
Madre Agua (Mother water) ~ Ruler of the ocean, motherhood, and creativity. She is related to Yemaya/Iemoja.
Mama Chola ~ Ruler of rivers, love, and beauty. She is related to Erzulie and to Oshun.
Tata Fumbi ~ Nikisi of disease, plague, and medicine. He is related to Babalu-aye and Ormulu."

This site has some good info on terms and stuff as well:
http://www.santeropalero.com/palo_mayombe.htm


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Re: Palo mayombe

Postby suicidex66 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:48 am

Number of Adherents: Unknown. Palo is practiced mainly in the Cuba, Brazil, and in the United States. There are several main sects of Palo, each with its own branches. The best known are: Mayombe, Monte, Brillumba, and Kimbisa.

Clergy: An initiated Priesthood of initiates called Paleros (Paleras if female), trained specialists in magick and divination. (Sometimes, these are referred to as Mayomeros)

The Palero/a is also referred to as “Tata” (Papa) or “Yaya” (Mama) by initiates.

Requirements to join: One becomes a Ngueyo, or novice, only by initiation. Before admittance, a divination is done to determine if he or she is accepted by the spirits. Then, he/she undergoes a ceremony called rayamiento, “scratching,” meaning the initiate is marked with shallow cuts (the scratches) as chosen by the spirits. Further training and initiation is required to become a Tata/Yaya and possess an Nganga.

Church/temple: The consecrated temple of a Palero/a is called a Munanso, or House. Only a fully initiated Palero/a in possession of a Prenda may open a Munanso.

Scripture: None. Most Palo traditions are oral, and passed from teacher to initiate. Western books of ritual magick such as Goetia are utilized in some sects, which have a somewhat universalist view of magic.

An rough description of the Palo hierarchy of spirits:
Nsambi – the Supreme Deity, the God that rules over the universe. As in other Diasporic faiths, the Deity is not directly involved in human affairs.
Nikisi- Powerful ancestral spirits who are roughly equivalent to the Orishas of Santeria or the Loas of Vodou; sharing names and characteristics with many. These are also referred to as “Inquices.”
Mfumbe (Fumbe; Muertos)- Mfumbe are ghosts, spirits of the dead, especially ancestral spirits
Elemental spirits- animating spirits of trees, rivers, air, etc.

The seven main Nikisi of Palo are:
Lucero Mundo , messenger of the gods and guardian of the crossroads. Like Legba of Vodoun and Eleggua of Santeria, he is a trickster, and often childlike and impetuous. Lucero is often portrayed as something of a comic devil, with horns and tail; his emblem is a pitchfork.
Centella (Mama Wanga), ruler of cemeteries, winds, and the marketplace. She is associated with Santerioa’s Oya and with Maman Brigitte of Vodoun.
Zarabanda, Nikisi of iron, blood, war, and divine vengeance. He is equivalent to Ogoun of Santeria and Vodoun.
Siete Rayos (‘seven rays,’ i.e., lightning) , who has dominion over lightning and fire. He is the personification of justice, passion, and inspiration, and is related to Chango.
Madre Agua (Mother water), ruler of the ocean, motherhood, and creativity. She is related to Yemaya/Iemoja.
Chola Wengue (Mama Chola), ruler of rivers, love, and beauty. She is related to Erzulie and to Oshun.
Tiembla Tierra (“Earth trembles”) , Creator of earth and mankind, ruler of the universe. He is related to Santeria’s Oludumare.

Symbols: Symbols of the Nikisi are known as firmas, and related to both the veves of Vodou and the sigils of ritual magic. They represent the character and essence of the spirits and serve as a doorway to communication.

Required observances, dietary restrictions: Periods of chastity are required on occasion. Homosexuality is generally (some Nikisi and their sects are more accepting) forbidden.

Code of conduct: The ethical system of Palo is somewhat unique. It is believed that there are two forces in the universe, and that imbalances in these forces result in injustices, misfortune, and ill luck. Practitioners enlist aid from the spirits in adjusting natural forces; sometimes this is for love or money, for wisdom or healing, or to avenge wrongs.



Nfumo (Tribal Chief / Royal King) Tata Nkisi Ngombo Nganga Malongo - High Priest
A High Priest with a royal title that has had all the Necessary training and Initiation rites and has recieved all of the sacred Nganga's, the title of Ngombo denotes that the High Priest has recieved the highest initiation Kimbabula Kabango known as also "Padre Tiempo" and can perform the sacred divinations and proverbs through use of the Nkobo, Vititi mensu, Chamalongo, and "Fa-si-bradiku" a Table that has Symbols and proverbs in the Palo Mayombe Religion used in Divination these are a direct connection to the Devine, a Tata Ngombo Nganga is similar to a Babalawo which is a High Priest of the religion of Ifa which shares Similarites to the Religion of Palo Mayombe in all cases a Tata Ngombo Nganga can perform even more functions then that of a Babalawo because they deal directly with the problems on earth.

Paleros are completely capable of performing all the same works if not more then a Babalawo , or High Priest of Ifa tradition or Lucumi religion also called “Santeria”. There are some in the Santeria and IFA community that believe in a "Progressive theory" that states that a person should move from Palo to Santeria to Ifa over the course of time through a persons spiritual development. This, is absolutely Un-true Palo Mayombe is a Religion of its own with its own Priests and Structure and beliefs. Though in Palo Mayombe it is alright for a person to be initiated into different spiritual practices as well as other traditions a person should complete his spiritual developments as a Priest in Palo Mayombe first before moving forward into other faiths this can sometimes confuse someone and cause spiritual problems for a person later on , it must also be remembered that these religions are all separate although they may share similarities they are not the same or ever mixed into each other when someone does this they are NOT performing there function correctly.

A Tata Ngombo Nganga is a High Priest that is able to perform all the duties of the religion, sacrifices and knows all of the secrets, ceremonies, mambo's(sacred song prayers) and functions of a munanso congo He also acts as a Guide, Counselor, Mentor and Spiritual Leader in the spiritual development of the Munanso Congo.

Tata Nganga - High Priest
High Priest of the Palo Mayombe Religion that has had all the Necessary training and Initiation rites that can perform all the ceremonies, sacrifices and mambo's, a Tata Nganga has extremely good knowledge of all the herbs,animals,songs,prayers and ceremonies a Tata Nganga has also recieved all of the sacred Nganga's, This High Priest can give birth to new Nganga's and knows all the secrets to building the sacred vessels of the religion of Palo Mayombe and can lead any ceremony and have his own Munanso Congo as well but during functions all of the elders go to where the roots of where they were born from and worship from the main munanso congo God Fathers, God Sons and Daughers and Elders all include eachother and come together in singular worship in 1 House of Worship.

Tata Nkisi-Bokanfula - Assistant to High Priest
A Priest that has complete knowledge in all the ceremonies of Palo Mayombe and assists during all ceremonies and eventully has an opportunity to become a Tata Nganga though initiation and complete his High Priesthood.

Tata Nkisi/Yaya Nkisi - Male/ Female Priests
Tata Nkisi/Yaya Nkisi have the basic knowledge in ceremonies, prayers, and sacrifices and have recieved there basic "fundamento" the Building blocks of the Kimpungulu Nganga's usually there Mpungo (Diety they are Initiated to) and "Lucero" Nkuyo. these priest can build up there Houses by receiving more Nganga's, training and Initiations. They can Have God Children of there own but require the presence of a Nfumo, Tata Nganga & Bokanfula to perform the necessary ceremonies.

Tata Nkisi/Yaya Nkisi - Male/ Female Priests
without "Fundamento" Nganga
A Tata Nkisi/Yaya Nkisi without the Fundamento or fundamental Nganga's, in most cases these are priests that are capable of learning the Ceremonies, songs, prayers and sacrifices they serve as active memebers in the Munanso Congo and must always have the presence of a Nfumo, Tata Nganga & Bokanfula to perform the necessary ceremonies.

Ngaeyo - Novice Apprentice to the Priests
New Initiated Novice Apprentices to a Munanso Congo they are Children of the Mpungo and highly respected because they are said to be looked after directly by the Mpungo and bakula during there initiation process and afterwards they are however under a watchful eye from everyone. they are also the ones that have a freshest energy,and have been just cleaned so they have strict rules to follow. they can take part in most but not all of the Ceremonies of the Munanso Congo after they have made there oaths and vows through the sacred initiations into the tribal munanso congo.
Membership to a Munanso Congo is only by initiation.




The spirits of the dead known as ‘Nfumbe’ are spirits that become enslaved in the nganga. These spirits can be commanded to do the bidding of the cauldron’s owner. A human skull known as the ‘Kiyumba’ is traditionally placed inside the pot to act as the ‘intelligence’ of the dead.


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Re: Palo mayombe

Postby suicidex66 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:14 am

Terms
yakara -man
nkento -woman
bilongo -magic spell
ezulu -heaven
kisangele -species of snake
kuna -place
makuto -protection against evil
malembe -cautiousness
masango -evil spell
mbua -evil spirit used in a bilongo
mpambu -crossing of 4 ways; where masango is sent to victim
ngau -invocation to call on protective spirit
nkisi -spirit
npaka -animal-horn filled with liquid, to force nkisi to manifest itself
ntoto -earth
telemene -to spy


"The source of the palero’s power is the prenda (jewel) or cauldron where the spirit or spirits of the dead used by the palero are said to reside. ... Within ... are kept the human skull, bones, graveyard dust, ... and hot spices that are its foundation. Upon these ingredients are rooted the forces of the spirits who inhabit the ... prenda."

"Before his initiation into the palo mayombe, the neophyte must sleep during seven nights under a ceiba. At the end of this period he takes some new clothes and brings them to the cemetery, where he buries them in a previously chosen grave. The clothes remain buried during three Fridays ... When the ... days are over, he returns to the cemetery, disinters the clothes, and puts them on. He is then taken to a ceiba by his teacher and initiator, and other mayomberos who serve as witnesses. They invoke the spirits of the dead and the spirit of the ceiba to witness and approve the initiation."

"The mayombero usually knows the identity of the cadaver, which is known as kiyumba. They are usually recent graves, as the mayombero insists on having a head in which the brain is still present ... The body of the mayombero becomes rigid and then goes into convulsions as the spirit of the kiyumba takes possession of him.

... the mayombero adds to the cauldron ... a piece of bamboo, sealed at both ends with wax, and filled with sand, sea water, and ... This gives the kiyumba ... the persistence of the sea tides ... The body of a small dog is also added to the cauldron to help the spirit "track down" its victims. ... The last ingredients to be added are red pepper, chili, ... and rue, together with ants, worms, lizards, termites, bats, frogs, Spanish flies, a tarantula, a centipede, a wasp, and a scorpion. ... [The cauldron] is brought back to the cemetery (nfinda kalunga) ... and left for three Fridays. {cf. southern Chinese & Laotian practice of leaving bones of the dead in jars in cemeteries} The it is ... taken to the woods ... for another three Fridays ... At the end of the combined period ..., the [cauldron] is taken home by the mayombero, where ... it ... is finished and ready to work."

"Sometimes the mayombero prepares ... without a cauldron ... a boumba, which is wrapped in a large sheet {cf. North American Indian sacred bundles} or placed inside a burlap sack. This sack, with its macabre contents, is known as a macuto, and it is kept hanging from a beam of the ceiling in the darkest room of the house."

centipede-sorcery : "The mayombero ... heats a pin, which he uses to run through the body of a live centipede that has been tied with a black thread. ... He takes ... the pin with centipede to a large tree, where he sticks the still-squirming animal to the tree bark."

frog-sorcery : "A handkerchief of the intended victim is then sewn to the frog’s mouth. The frog is put inside a large-necked bottle ..."

zarabanda ; "Very similar ... is another "prenda," very popular with the Kongo, called zarabanda. The basic difference ... is that ... [instead of using] the kiyumba, the zarabanda has as its spiritual entity a powerful Kongo deity also known as Zarabanda, who is the equivalent of the Yoruba orisha Oggu`n. ... The zarabanda ... must always be made inside an iron cauldron, never in a sack". [this iron cauldron of the palero

ndoki : "the infernal ndoki ... is prepared by boiling a black cat alive ... After the cat has boiled ... from its carcass the mayombero removes a few bones, which he adds to seven phalanges from the little fingers of seven corpses ... All these ingredients are placed in the cauldron with garlic and pepper. ... He takes the cauldron to the woods, where it remains overnight. It is then ready to work. This ... is ... of the devil".


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Re: Palo mayombe

Postby edsphinx » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:47 pm

suicidex66, was checking all BA topics and when started read this, notice that you got some spanish books and was wondering if you have any plans with them, since my native language is spanish I can assist you in translate them for you and also have access to them or if you willing to sell them I interested on them, anyways I had to ask because have been researching about this also some time ago.


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Re: Palo mayombe

Postby StarsmacK » Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:45 pm

Goldilocks wrote:suicide are you looking for someone to give you references or what? cos i know someone who is a practitioner though you will have to purchase a reading to have access to him.


I'm curious, may I have that reference?

Wow, I am completely fascinated with this subject now. I think I'm going to hit up Amazon for The Garden of Blood and Bones.


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Re: Palo mayombe

Postby brolasta » Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:21 pm

Well, I do know paleros can also be good healers and do good. Not much else.

Mmmmm, do you think the seven main Nikisi sounds akin to the seven African rays




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