Palo, also known as Las Reglas de Congo, is a religion with various main branches which developed in Cuba among Central African slaves and their descendants who originated in the Congo Basin. The "branches" of Palo include Mayombe (or Mallombe), Monte, Briyumba (or Brillumba), and Kimbisa. The Spanish word palo "stick" was applied to the religion in Cuba due to the use of wooden sticks in the preparation of the main spiritual object of the religion, which are also called la Nganga, el caldero, or la prenda. Priests of Palo are known as Tatas (men), Yayis (women) . Initiates are known as ngueyos or pino nuevo and all members are commonly referred to as Paleros. Palo is a monotheist religion, and its core beliefs are in one Creator (God/Nzambi) and a group lower spirits that serve as intermediaries between him and humankind. Paleros practice in small family-oriented groups called the Munaso which literally translates to house.
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