El Duende, the dwarf is a personified manifestation of the Axé, of the Divine Rouach.
Being often expressed through dances, music and non religious activities, the Duende’s power became a sort of devilish power/figure.
The Devil Himself lost his throne when his dancer took over the heat, the warming and charming flame, the beauty, the stormy character. A long ago, the most beautiful courtesan of a King, became later a Goddess among Witches and Priests of African Gods.
Her name is MARIA PADILHA, A RAINHA DO CANDOMBLE and many names more.
Mentioned in the Canary Island’s Inquisition trials, She became the Archetipal Witch, the Femme Fatale of Witchcraft.
She didn’t any pact with the Hellish Monarchs, She simply ruled over all of Them being the most beautiful rose among the flowers of the garden, being the most intelligent and bright that spontaneously all males, visibles and invisibles wanted to please Her….
DONA MARIA PADILHA, the Witches Imperatrix…adopted within Afrobrasilian Cults, called the Brasilian Babalon(d)…
The Scarlet Woman of Witchcraft, long before anybody else used that word for sacred feminine empowerment figures…

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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