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Also known as Las Reglas de Congo, the Palo religions are a group of closely related beliefs or denominations which originated among Central African slaves in the Spanish colonies of the Caribbean. Various branches of Palo include Mayombe, Briyumba, and Kimbisa. Palo means “stick” in Spanish, and refers to its use of wooden sticks in preparation of altars, which are also called la nganga, el caldero, or la prenda. Palo has its roots in the Congo basin of central Africa, the source of a large number of slaves who were brought to Hispaniola and Cuba, although it is now practiced by members of non-African Latino groups, as well as African Americans.



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