Chapter

Decay

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520256835.003.0009
Decay

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This chapter explores the reasons for the apparent decline of the Manaquita house, under the precedence of Teodoro. Only a fraction of the feasts that were held in years when Emilio presided were held now, and initiations were few. As a leader among Quita Manaquita members, Isidra challenged Teodoro, whose direction had caused the deterioration of the house. Though Teodoro was extraordinarily gifted at Palo, he was seemingly unable to draw from Palo its most precious rewards. He simply didn't have the strength of self-understanding to hold the house together. Isidra was moved by West African influences much more than Teodoro, whose passion was for urban Palo. This was their principal and ultimately irreducible difference. Teodoro mostly remained silent in the face of his predicament, except when Isidra and a few others would draw it out, but were it not for them his silence would have consumed his prendas much earlier.

Keywords: decay; Palo praise house; Quita Manaquita; West African influences; prendas

Chapter.  7233 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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