Congo-Cuba in New York: Palo Mayombe Music, Dance & Religion

On Monday May 11th, 2015 The Center for Humanities (CUNY) will host an event entitled: Congo-Cuba in New York: Palo Mayombe Music, Dance & Religion Join leading scholars, priests, and performers of Afro-Cuban Congo culture for enlightening presentations and discussions exploring the ways music, dance, religion, and philosophy influence how a people conceive of themselves, […]

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The Winds of Lent

photo courtesy of irokofarms.com I took a walk and couldn’t help but notice the almasigo and ceiba trees have begun to sprout new leaves and ducks have their nests full of eggs. Over the years the more connected I become with malongo, the place where the medicine is, nature, the more I understand the cycles […]

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This CANNOT be learned in a classroom!

Esto NO se aprende en una aula! This CANNOT be learned in a classroom! Recently I have received several inquiries from Palo initiates regarding my upcoming course Palo: Theoretical and Practical Approaches. Everyone wants to know if I am “teaching Palo” in a classroom and if so is this even possible? The purpose of my […]

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Eleda.Org Seminars Announces its Upcoming Class: Palo: Theoretical and Practical Approaches

An Introduction to Bantú Cosmology and the Rites of Palo, and the religion’s magical powers that heal the human body, mind, and soul. An important and groundbreaking course on the most often misunderstood of the Afro-Cuban religions Beginning: Thursday, October 2, 2014 Time: 7:30 – 9 PM COST: Live Class–>(S. Florida residents) $20 per class, […]

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Does the nfumbe live in the nganga? by Ralph Alpizar

Translation from Original by Oscar Guerrero 8/22/2013 One day, in one of the many long conversations with Tatica (a nickname that was given to one of the most well known mayomberos from Cuba) I asked him, “does the nfumbe live in the nganga? As usual, he did not give me a plain yes or no […]

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The “Powers” of the Mayombero and Mayombera by Ralph Alpizar

This article is the third part of, “The Powers of the Tata Nganga and Yaya Nganga” Translation from Original by Oscar Guerrero 8/20/2013 Among the Bakongo of Africa the nganga (priest) has always recognized the existence of “spiritual entities” and know the “secret” of their manipulation. From what I have seen in that land, there […]

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