The Chi-wara headdress honors the mythical antelope who introduced agriculture to the Bamana people of Mali. An important ritual implement, the Chiwara headdress is worn in ritual dances, always in male/female pairs. The Chiwara symbolizes harmony between men and women, and is believed to promote the abundance of the Bamana’s staple millet crop.
Palo Myombe, Palo Monte Palo Myombe is traditional African religion from the Congo region (rather than Yoruban or Dahomeyan), blended with emphasis on aspects of spiritism and catholicism. Palo is practiced primarily in Brazil and Cuba, and is similar to Umbanda.
The Seven African powers In the Yoruban tradition that is parent to the Lukumi and Palo faiths, the Orishas are emissaries of God, ruling the forces of nature and the fortunes of mankind. The Seven African powers are the primary deities of this tradition.