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Storms of Lent

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/9780520256835.003.0021
Storms of Lent

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This chapter depicts the customs of the Palo practitioners while using the Jewish prenda, Tormenta Ndoki. Agitated atmosphere, acrid exhalations veiled in smoke, and earth-moving reverberations were the privileged space of Tormenta Ndoki, the territory from which her spectral devilry functioned. The Palo practitioners tried to provoke the judía as Tormenta's usefulness depended on excesses of rage. Teodoro inflicted ritual abuse upon the prenda, which is to some degree inflicted on all prendas, but especially on judías. As is customary in Palo, a rooster is placed in front of Tormenta and sacrificed. Sacrifices, loud music, incantations, and a dark atmosphere arouse Tormenta who then fulfills the darkest wishes of the practitioners. One does not work with the prenda judía inconsequentially; it takes the intellectual and practical capacities of its keeper to the limits, and the world is never the same afterward.

Keywords: customs; Jewish prenda; Tormenta Ndoki; Teodoro; ritual abuse

Chapter.  7859 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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