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Chola Wengue

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Chola Wengue
Chola Wengue

Chola Wengue (also known as Mama Chola or Chola Nengue) is the mpungo who rules over rivers, beauty, money and love. She is associated with sensuality and the fluids of the body.

Mama Chola, Chola Wengue’s common Spanish-language name, means “Mother Chola”; a reference to her maternal, feminine energy. Mama Chola is seductive, sensual, and flirtatious but she can turn bitter when crossed. She holds a grudge for a long period of time and lashes out her revenge in the form of destroyed relationships, blood-born illnesses and sexually transmitted diseases. By contrast, worshippers that treat Mama Chola with respect and love are generously rewarded with unending riches, happiness and love. Her colors are yellow and gold and her ritual number is 5. Animal sacrifice is used to propitiate Mama Chola within Congo-derived religions. Altar offerings for Mama Chola include honey, oranges, pumpkins, and champagne, and they are usually left at the river bank.

In the syncretic practices of Palo Monte, in which mpungos are associated with Catholic Church saints, the representative of Mama Chola is Our Lady of Charity. Because of their shared traits, Mama Chola is sometimes syncretized with the orisha Oshun. Hoodoo psychic readers, spirit workers, and root doctors who are adherents of the Palo religion and who petition the mpungos on behalf of clients may petition Mama Chola for love and marriage, money, and gambling luck, blessing, fertility, cleansing and uncrossing.

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