African Spirituality in Palo

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Spiritual hierarchy in Palo:

• Nsambi – the supreme deity, the creator, the God who governs and rules of all beings and the universe.

• Nkita – elemental spirits of trees, rivers, air, etc.

• Mfumbe (Fumbe; Dead) – ghosts, spirits of the dead;

ancestors.

• Mpungos – forces, which are equivalent to the Orishas of Santeria or the Loas of Vodou; and share many names and characteristics. These are also referred to as “Nkisi.”

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