Insinuation and Artifice

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:
Insinuation and Artifice

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This chapter follows the activities of the Palo practitioners as they employ nfumbe and other materials to construct a Lucero Mundo. It also delineates the precautions that surrounded the handling of the nfumbe. The person carrying the nfumbe is required to identify himself by his initiation name before entering, with libations of aguardiente and white wine, and plenty of cigar smoke, repeated each time the bones were handled. Grave earth is a powerful material that orients the dead and settles it by reproducing its resting place, so that it can repose. It is meant to encourage the nfumbe's stillness. The importance of the masangó for a prenda-nganga-enquiso cannot be underestimated in Palo Briyumba. Their respective charges, their loads so to speak, establish the capacities of the prenda.

Keywords: nfumbe; Lucero Mundo; cigar smoke; masangó; prenda-nganga- enquiso

Chapter.  5380 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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