Todd Ramón Ochoa

in Society of the Dead

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780520256835
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947924 | DOI:

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This chapter offers a look into the awareness and mannerisms of Teodoro Herrera, who presided over the Quita Manaquita Briyumba Congo praise house. Through the haze of his anger, his fear, his authoritarianism, and his disdain for the Revolution, through the complexity of his everyday use of Palo Kikongo terms, an outline of the Quita Manaquita house comes into view and along with it the contours of Palo society. Teodoro felt Isidra's takes on Palo were too often biased toward an Ocha/Santo perspective that she practiced. His lack of confidence was so acute that he barely trusted himself on any question other than those having to do with Palo. Teodoro understood that Palo could be taught to noninitiates like the author, so that its prestige would be heightened rather than diminished. The craft of revaluing fates was his life even if another must be harmed to do so.

Keywords: Teodoro; Quita Manaquita; Palo Kikongo; Palo society; noninitiates

Chapter.  4932 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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