In the year 2010 I was in Santiago de Cuba, Region de Oriente.
In the house of my Madrina Haitiana there was a Manyé Luá, a ritual to feed some Haitian Spirits.
Baron Lacuá told me with His deep voice, the chwal monté or Medium was a young jabao man: “Do you know why most people hate books? Look at them, they are made with dead trees, animal skins in the cover, most authors are dead too. To read them is like calling lemo’ or the deads. The shape of a book is squared like the square of a grave. Reading a book is quitting time to life in a way.
To read a book you have to remain silent and concentrate like a man praying over a tombstone. Many books are about lifes that passed away and they become alive through your thoughts while reading.
If your life can be contained in a book, here is yours…”

About Manuel Congo

A renowned Palero, Babalawo, Ajarn and Hougan, Manuel Congo lives in rural Italy, where he spends most of his free time touring on his custom Harley Davidson. An avid ethnographer and noted expert on Italian witchcraft, Manuel has spent decades working for elite clients around the world, conducting investigations in locales as far-flung as Togo and Thailand. He enjoys rainy days, BBQ and blondes.

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