Lucero Mundo

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:
Lucero Mundo

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This chapter reveals the rites and materials required for the preparation of the prendas-ngangas-enquisos—a Lucero Mundo—and also divulges secrets of the Palo craft. A tremendous amount of work is required, because making a single prenda-nganga-enquiso can take many days. To do the job well, it should be done with all the materials on hand, and with good help. Some of the materials used in making prendas-ngangas-enquisos are extremely volatile and unpredictable versions of the dead, so it is better if it does not sit around half made for days. Until one is initiated as madre or padre, Kongo Law prohibits participation in making prendas-ngangas-enquisos. To know many of the secrets of his prenda-nganga-enquiso, an initiate would have to continue in the service of his madre or padre until he was invited to participate in the making of a prenda-nganga-enquiso for another initiate or could afford to have another made for himself. Despite what can only be described as their agency within a Palo house, prendas-ngangas-enquisos are the most elaborate production of Palo craft.

Keywords: rites; preparation; prendas-ngangas-enquisos; Lucero Mundo; Palo house

Chapter.  3194 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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