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:

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Palo includes works of cleansing, protection, and attack, crafted with so-called prendas cristianas or Christian prendas. Also called despojos or clearings, these are the first order of Palo intervention against misfortune. They brush ill-boding dead out of an afflicted person, then distance them into the indifferent flows of Kalunga, where it is hoped they will be dispersed. Limpiezas are performed in both Palo and Ocha/Santo. This chapter describes the various methods of cleansing, protection, and attacks that are accessible in Palo. Almost always the ill-will of a client's rival is perceived to be disturbing the calm of the dead surrounding and permeating the person. To free a person of a foul future, herbs are bundled into hand brooms that are cooled with aspirations of aguardiente and fumigations of cigar smoke. They are then used to sweep out the hot and unstable dead permeating and surrounding the body of the afflicted.

Keywords: Christian prendas; despojos; Limpiezas; misfortune; cleansing; protection

Chapter.  6432 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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