The veneration of the spirits. All natural objects, and particularly sticks, are thought to be infused with powers of the orishas pdf, often linked to the powers of spirits. Santería and other Yoruba religions, which are associated with archetypal human beings. Kimpungulu are well known in name and deed, and are often venerated as spirits with anthropomorphic qualities.
This is a consecrated vessel which serves as a microcosm. Colors, clothing, and stylized dances associated with a particular deity, a common feature of Santeria and other Yoruba religion, are not found in Palo. Music in Palo practices begin with wooden percussion instruments followed by drums. Examples are the catá, guaguá, and the ngoma, or conga.
The cowbell, hoe, and plow are used as metallic instruments. There is no central authority figure in Palo. Catholicism is prevalent within Palo due to the fact that the Kingdom of the Kongo adapted the Catholic religion and created a form of Kongo-Catholicism as early as the 15th century. Iconography and the lack thereof is a reflection of dual socio-politics beliefs that have been in opposition for centuries. Christianity”, that is, in the case of Palo, “purely Congo”.