Palo Religion or otherwise «Rules of the Congo» is largely a synthesis of several denominations preach the worship of dead and practicing a black art than a voodoo just childish pranks. However, it takes its origin not in Palo Congo and Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
Preached the same religion, this African slaves came from the tribe of the Bantu (Central Africa). Now this is where Palo preserved in its original form, and interestingly, the modern «palero» (so called followers of Palo), have white skin.
At the heart of Palo religion is based on two ideas: the worship of ancestral spirits and the belief in the power of nature. It would seem perfectly harmless concept, but once you stop to think that once you see the altar of Palo, called «nganga» graveyard filled with earth, sticks (the word «fell» in Spanish means a stick)… and the bones of the recently deceased.
Priests of Palo divided into «good» and «evil.» «Evil priests» are afraid of not only themselves but also palero adherents of other religions, including voodoo.
If these all-powerful black magicians will take to harm someone, you should not even doubt — would spell death, and no even the most powerful psychic can not do anything, well, if only that he will follow the doomed.
«Good priests' guess and predict by looking in the mirror, attached to the horn of a bull or a goat. But the very popular uses for divination powder — it is divided into seven piles and light in sequence.
If ignition of gunpowder is in the same manner as the ignition is considered — the spirits gave a positive answer to your question. Another way of guessing the „good priests“ by taking a completely white plate. This plate, „the priest of good“ touching different parts of the body (as a plate passes information about the client) then hold the plate over a candle flame, and then study the patterns of soot (by type of guesswork).
At the end of a special ritual performed by using the newly separated from the flesh of human bones. The spectacle, I must say, not for the faint of heart, „newcomers“ and casual viewers (though hardly anyone gets there by chance, at least, not for priests) come to the indescribable horror of, say, some way away from him and did not recover .
The main supplier of „ritual Palo bones“ became a cemetery in the Cementerio del sur Karakose. At the cemetery all the time prowling scary types sometimes armed not only with shovels.
Fresh graves constantly break, and the coffins opened. Sometimes, the bodies disappear completely, it is only the head or body, and it happens that the bone is separated from the flesh on the spot, but the flesh is left natural, and carry away the bones. Especially popular among the „palero“ are the bodies of young people, especially girls.
It went so far as to fear to go to the cemetery, not only relatives of the deceased, but also security, designed to observe the procedure in the churchyard, not depart from the gate for more than a hundred meters.
All this is very unfortunate, because the Cementerio del sur buried not only ordinary citizens, but many famous people. Before the vandals frequent here, tourists can admire the beautiful sculptures and magnificent crosses of family crypts.
The cemetery is included in all travel guides, and pomp and decoration Cementerio del sur compared with the famous Parisian cemetery Pere Lachaise.