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Tormenta Ndoki

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/9780520256835.003.0020
Tormenta Ndoki

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This chapter describes the Jewish prenda of the author's godfather Teodoro. He called her Tormenta (storm, tempest) for short and Tormentíca (little storm, sweet storm, dear storm) when he let his affection for her show. It was kept away from the Christian prendas because, according to Teodoro, they war against each other. She was distinguishable from other prendas because her nfumbe, bone of the dead, was plainly visible. Keepers of a prenda judía establish an intimacy with them unlike other prendas, because they engage the head and face of the nfumbe. Such an interaction is considered extremely hot, as hot as anything in Palo. The prenda judía alone vouchsafes Palo's claim to equal participation in Cuba's Creole cosmos since the nineteenth century.

Keywords: Tormenta Ndoki; Jewish prenda; Tormentíca; Teodoro; nfumbe

Chapter.  6935 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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