Chapter

Struggle Is Praise

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/9780520256835.003.0017
Struggle Is Praise

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The dead residing in a prenda should not be left around without having Palo played for them because the nfumbe inside become impatient and unruly. They are coaxed into their kettles and urns with promises of lavish tribute that must be met expediently. This chapter illustrates the struggle that one must have against a prenda. Learning how to make a prenda-nganga-enquiso is the first step in being able to confidently fashion Palo works, and that lesson is quickly followed by the realization that the prenda one has now committed to care for is a force of its own, forever reaching for greater power against its keeper. To raise one's relationship with a prenda to the level of a struggle is the greatest compliment a prenda can receive. The attention of its keeper is what a prenda wants more than anything, and there is nothing like the attention lavished on a needed rival. Prendas and keepers alike revel in the stories of a prenda's stubbornness, rebelliousness, and ruthless despotism.

Keywords: prenda; dead; prenda-nganga-enquiso; praise

Chapter.  3888 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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