A Feast Awry

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:
A Feast Awry

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This chapter examines the rites and rituals carried out at an initiation in Palo society. It follows the ceremony of the Palo Monte Mundo Nuevo Guinda Vela praise house of Guanabacoa, which was known for its strictures. The invitation came from Tata Anselmo, a longtime friend of Teodoro, who headed the Mundo Nuevo Guinda Vela house. Being the initiating godmother of the author, Isidra welcomed him because it would give him a chance to witness the ceremony he had himself undergone. Palo neophytes are blindfolded when they are brought into Palo society and the first step for an ngueyo who is going to receive a prenda as padre or madre is to witness the full initiation of another ngueyo. The chapter portrays the incantations and proceedings of a Palo initiation and the effect it has on the author.

Keywords: rites; initiation; praise house; Guanabacoa; ngueyo

Chapter.  6282 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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