Top 5 Reasons why I Love Palo Monte

Jugando Palo

These are but 5 reasons, in no particular order. Everyone has their own top 5 and mine change from time to time.

1. It is ok to work at odd hours of the night. I am a night owl and enjoy the sounds of the dark, the smells of the shadows and the songs of the evening creatures.

2. I don’t have to wear my best whites; after all when I am done they will be pristine no longer.

3. It is ok to improvise some speech. Once I am done with formulas I can sing if I don’t feel like talking, I can use all sort of sounds if I don’t feel like using words my Nganga understands my raw energy.

4. My brotherhood is not fasenda; my Nso keeps regla. I am affirmed in traditions.

5. It is my connection to the universe. No words can ever explain that.

To all Tatas and Yayas out there, what are your top 5 reasons to love and honor our tradition?

Yaya 7 Nkele

About Omimelli

I am a Olosha or Santera and for years I have been at the service of the Orisha and the community. I am initiated to Yemayá and my father in osha is Aganjú. I am also an initiate of Palo Mayombe and hold the title of Yaya Nkisi. As part of my daily devotional I spend time at my bóveda and work with my spirits on regular basis.
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3 Responses to Top 5 Reasons why I Love Palo Monte

  1. Tata Nkisi Lucero Vira Mundo says:

    My top 5?

    1.I have brothers who will never betray or back down in the defense and support of each other. I can call my peeps anytime day or night with anything and know that somebody has my back.

    2. Palo is something i feel in my gut. Every time i step before my Nganga i can feel my pulse quicken and my senses wake up. Palo is visceral and tactile.

    3. Nothing has to be pristine and spotless. I am messy. Palo is messy. We get along just fine.

    4. It helps me to understand just how much a part of the natural world I am. It helps me to understand just how much the natural world is part of me.

    5. I like the way a Munanso with a happy Prenda smells.

  2. Omimelli says:

    Nsala Malekun,

    I love #5!!

    Yaya 7 Nkele

  3. Ginea Jacmel says:

    1. No Gay’s allowed(at least if the munanso is following regla) so therefore no unnecessary drama that need to be dealt with.

    2. I enjoy the fact since I came in palo that my spirit’s have been growing and continue to grow. The communication I recieve from the spirit’s continue to surprise each day.

    3. Which should really be number one, every true palero and palera have never been a sucker, when there is war they are ready to take it on.

    4. I enjoy the growing relationship with my nganga, and how it show me thing’s and listen to the nfumbe talk in my ear.

    5. I love the smell of chamba.

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