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Ma Kengue

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Tiembla Tierra dances and shakes the earth
Tiembla Tierra dances and shakes the earth

Ma Kengue (also known as Tiembla Tierra, Pandilanga, or Mama Kengue) is the mpungo who rules over wisdom, peace, and fatherhood. He is associated with mysticism, logic, purity, and clear thinking.

Tiembla Tierra, Ma Kengue’s common Spanish-language name, means "Shakes the Earth," a reference to his tendency to cause earthquakes when at war. Tiembla Tierra is peaceful, logical and wise but he can also be a fierce warrior when an injustice has occurred. He blesses his children with mystical insight, wisdom, and forethought. His colour is white and his ritual number is 8. Animal sacrifice is used to propitiated Ma Kengue within the Congo-derived religions. Altar offerings for Tiembla Tierra include unsalted rice, white yam, cocoa butter, coconuts, and all things white. They are usually left on mountain tops or in the forest.

In the syncretic practices of Palo Monte, in which mpungos are associated with Catholic Church saints, the representative of Tiembla Tierra is Our Lady of Mercy. Because of their shared traits, Tiembla Tierra is sometimes syncretized with the orisha Obatala in the Santeria and Lukumi traditions. 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 Tiembla Tierra for blessing, healing, peace, protection from evil, cleansing, uncrossing, spirituality, wisdom and success.

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