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24/7/10
A chicken is prepared for ritual sacrifice to the spirits during a Palo Mayombe ceremony in Camaguay.Palo Mayombe is a religion rooted in the Congo basin of Africa. It was developed in Cuba by slaves, who were transported from Africa to work in the sugar and tobacco plantations which colonised the landscape from the mid 1600’s. The religion combines veneration of the dead with a belief in the forces of nature. The pictured ceremony is a form of Palo known as Palo Cristiano which uses Catholic iconography such as saints and crosses to express these beliefs.

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