Saturday, October 2, 2010

Palo: African Ritual In Cuba

The Palo religion is a syncretic religion which developed amongst the black slaves brought to Cuba from the Congo during the colonial period. Palo, having its roots in spiritual concepts of the indigenous people in Africa, worships the spirits (of humans, plants, etc) and the natural powers (thunder, ocean, etc).  Due to the forced evangelization, Palo often give them faces and names known from the Christian dogma.  Read the rest of  Jan Sochor's story here.

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