Introduction to Palo Mayombe and Palo Monte
El Palo Monte is a very complex religion that cannot be learned from one day to the next. Even if the person has years of scratching, each day something new is learned. It is a religion that takes a lot of discipline, effort, time, and dedication. You never finish learning. Therefore, it does not matter how old they have been scratched, if time, sacrifice and effort are not put into learning it. You have to learn to let yourself be guided in order to be a leader later. You cannot sow a seed today and harvest the fruit tomorrow. I will try to explain what this religion is about or how the person comes to be initiated and reaches from ngello (a), to Tata Nkisi or Yaya Nkisi and what this means. The drainer is one that has been scratched on a foundation or nganga. The scratching is the ceremony in this cult religion, to the Nkisis or ngangas. There are different kinds of scratches, such as Bakofula, Tata Guancho, Lindero, Mutambre, Marikilla, Guardiero Nganga, Optional Father, Tata Nkiza, Mother, Father, Godmother Nganga, and Nyayi Giabola. The first step to take is from ngello (a). This is the beginning of the palero, which is considered the youngest child of the nganga. The angel (a) is an apprentice and disciple of his godfather.
This is where every practitioner of this religion is born. The angel should begin by learning to greet the foundation correctly.
You will learn the name and branch of your godfather's house and you will also learn Congo vocabulary, songs and certain herbs. The person who goes to receive the scratching ceremony must not have any type of sexual relationship for seven days before, this is a consecration ceremony and must enter clean.This religion is based totally on what nature is, that is : it works with everything that contains the magical forces of nature such as plants, herbs, sticks, earth, stones and different types of water, such as rainwater, sea, river, lagoons and even water from puddles. the moon and the sun in their different seasons. The drainer is a connoisseur of nature. There are many types of herbs and they all serve something different. There are some that strengthen, others that remove curses and witchcraft, others that are to make charms or work. As there are also some that destroy a foundation and that is why a gangulero must previously have some knowledge about herbs.
The ngangulero is the one who works the nganga and that is why he is given that name. How does the person get scratched or know if they have to be initiated into religion? There are many ways in which a person can get scratched or started in this religion. It can be by means of a consultation by means of palo, santoral, or ifa. There are certain signs in Yoruba and Ifa that order the person to be scratched for having to supplement with a dead person accompanying the person. But they will never be the ones who determine the scratching, or the basis on which such ceremony would be.
Also having to scratch, can leave through a spiritual mass, by which a spirit has brought the message to the person. This being the case, you will always have to go to the bottom of the foundation to know if it has to be scratched or not, if it is the correct house of wood and at the foot of what foundation this ceremony would be. Therefore it is the garment that has the last word on the scratching of the person. The drainer is the only one with the power to tell the person whether to take that step and at the foot of what would be the basis for scratching. There are certain people who see the stick as the dark side of Santeria. This is a mistake since the suit has nothing to do with Santeria, or Ifa. The Palo comes from the bamboo congos and the Santeria, Ifa is the syncretism of the Catholic religion with Yoruba. But if there are babalawo, that never got scratched, and when an aleyo arrives at his house, he has to be consulted, and if he gets an ogcond, but I'm not going to go into detail, the first thing the babalawo tells him that he has to scratch himself, and since that babalwo has Oza�n the first thing he tells him is that has to be scratched above Oza�n. If all the world we do not have the god of being (Omo Oza�n). No santero (a) or Babalawo has the power to say that the person scratches, firstly that is not their field, only the one who can determine that is the gangulero, and the foundation. because the Palo Monte Religion does not have any kind of parestheque with santeria or with Ifa. What would happen if the gangulero who does not have a saint did it, or the gangulero who is not a babalawo handed over a hand of orula and kofa. It would not be the same dog, with the same collar.
This is why in order to determine its line it would be at the foot of the foundation and not with another religion that does not have the faculty. Although currently stick does not recognize Yoruba and vice versa. Formerly the old drainer did not recognize Santeria.
He always said; "The candango is what works."
For lack of knowledge they expressed themselves in this way. By this I mean that in ancient times in Cuba the palero did not make osha. It is very true that certain bad jobs can be done as well as many good ones, but it is also no less true that the bad is very necessary to counteract the evil forces, in fact there are many of the jobs that are done at the foot of a foundation that the The only effective way to neutralize it would be through another wooden foundation, on many occasions neither the santero nor the babalawo will be able to effectively break an enchantment or spell of a palero for the simple reason that the palero works or entrusts his work to a dead person who is He has given the strength to do what was entrusted no matter what type of work it is and it will carry out its mission to all places, For that, the palero makes a pact and the dead man obeys, he does not understand good or bad, he only understands the mandate of his master, because unlike Santeria, the dead are sent and the saint is asked, no one has the power to stand in front of a saint and yell at him and send him on a mission instead at the stick if you can do this. Over time, the palero was educated and through friction he learned that the Yoruba religion has its qualities as well. But let's not forget that the dead is first and nothing is greater than him. Once the person has the ngello / a ceremony, it will be known if they have a pass for a higher scale that is that of tata nkisi or yaya nkisi, depending on whether they are male or female. Nobody has the power to stand in front of a saint and yell at him and send him to fulfill a mission instead on the stick if this can be done. Over time the palero was educated and through friction he learned that the Yoruba religion has its qualities as well. But let's not forget that the dead is first and nothing is greater than him. Once the person has the ngello / a ceremony, it will be known if they have a pass for a higher scale that is that of tata nkisi or yaya nkisi, depending on whether they are male or female. Nobody has the power to stand in front of a saint and yell at him and send him to fulfill a mission instead on the stick if this can be done. Over time the palero was educated and through friction he learned that the Yoruba religion has its qualities as well. But let's not forget that the dead man is first and nothing is greater than him. Once the person has the ngello / a ceremony, it will be known if they have a pass for a higher scale that is that of tata nkisi or yaya nkisi, depending on whether they are male or female.
Once again it will be the foundation that determines if you can take that step.
What is tata nkiza or N yaya nkisi?
Tata nkisi (father nganga) is the godfather or priest of this religion.
He is the one who directs and executes the scratching ceremonies. He will also be the one who assembles garments, ngangas or foundations. He is also the only one empowered to feed the four-legged animal foundations. Although there are certain jobs that any practitioner of this religion can do, there are many that only correspond to a tata or yaya nkisi. The nyaya nkisi is the godmother of this religion. She may have godchildren, only that she will have to depend on a tata nkisi who is the one who performs the ceremonies for her godchildren. It is man who borders on religion.
She will be able to do work as long as she is not menstruating at the time. Because no woman who is scratched and none who is not, will be able to enter a room where there is a foundation in those conditions.
Currently there are stick houses that do this direct ceremony without the person having been previously initiated. This is something that both I and many paleros oppose, for the reason that ngello / a means son / a and tata means father as well as yaya is mother. No one can be born being neither father nor mother, they must be born first as a child. I believe that for a person already initiated from ngello (a) to be able to pass to tata nkisi or yaya nkisi, they must be prepared (a) It means that you will have to have some knowledge about what stick is.
For example; How to prepare a quarter stick, know something about herbs, sticks, songs, traditional Congo vocabularies and signatures, since a priest must have the required knowledge. Although there are its exceptions. For example; If the person is going to do osha and so that they do not stay as Angel, due to a problem of justice, illness or so, by scratching the person from tata nkisi or yaya nkisi they will save themselves from some situation, as long as the foundation approves or send this pass. The garments or ngangas are the fundamentals of the drainer. It is here where every gangulero will perform all his works and ceremonies. For this is the magic receptacle that contains good and evil, life and death.
The light and the dark.
This is why every ngangulero must have knowledge of what a foundation is since a mistake above a foundation can cost him dearly, a garment or foundation does not forgive. The npungo and the nfumbe live on the foundation of a palero. The mpungo is the nkisi, demigod or Saint as an example in Catholic terminology. The nfumbe is the dead person who will carry out the works that the ngangulero requests. This is the messenger of the garment. Every ngangulero must have previously made an agreement with a nfumbe so that he can help him in his work, whether they are good or bad, depending on the palero and his intentions. Currently there are several stick branches. Among them the only recognized ones are Mayombe, Briyumba and Kimbisa. Many wooden houses come out of these, which not all of us work in the same way, although there are things that we all do but in different ways. Rules and their importance in the wooden house! In these activities, only people who already have these ceremonies done previously can participate in them.In the case of women, while they are on menstruation days, they will not be able to enter the wooden room, stand in front of a foundation, or participate in these ceremonies. In the event that a woman has the assigned day to scratch and this happens, the day will have to be changed and postponed. It is very important that there is always respect for your godfather and siblings in the house. In the case of women, while they are on the days of menstruation, they will not be able to enter the peg room, stand in front of a foundation, or participate in these ceremonies. In the event that a woman has the day assigned to scratch and this happens, the day will have to be changed and postponed. It is very important that there is always respect for your godfather and siblings in the house. In the case of women, while they are on the days of menstruation, they will not be able to enter the peg room, stand in front of a foundation, or participate in these ceremonies. In the event that a woman has the assigned day to scratch and this happens, the day will have to be changed and postponed. It is very important that there is always respect for your godfather and siblings in the house.
The godson should have full confidence with his sponsor to be able to raise any concern or problem with him. Consult with their sponsor any step within the religion.The godchildren must come on the foundation's birthday without fail, they must bring them a bottle of brandy, candle, dry wine, honey, tobacco and their right, in the case of angel (a) a rooster and in the case of a tata or yaya it would be a goat or ram depending on the foundation with its corresponding rooster.
This does not mean that if the person for some reason cannot comply with the foundation, they do not come to greet him that day. Each wooden house has its own rules and customs. Not all are the same, but all practitioners of the religion must respect those already mentioned, these rules apply to all houses of wood. In the case of a scratch of angel (a), the person to be initiated must bring.