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;
• 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.”