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Kalunga makes her home in the sea

Kalunga (also known as Madre de Agua, Mama Kalunga, or Baluande) is the mpungo who rules over water, motherhood and fertility. She is associated with the sea.

Madre de Agua, Kalunga’s common Spanish-language name, means “Mother of Water” and is a reference to her rulership over the seas. Madre de Agua is compassionate and loving but fiercely protective of her children. She blesses her devotees with psychic powers and spiritual depth of understanding. Her colour is blue and her ritual number is 7. Animal sacrifice is used to propitiate Kalunga within the Congo-derived religions. Altar offerings for Madre de Agua include watermelons, mangos, molasses, and rum, and they are usually left at the beach or on the shore of large lakes.

In the syncretic practices of Palo Monte, in which mpungos are associated with Catholic Church saints, the representative of Kalunga is Our Lady of Regla. Because of their shared traits, Madre de Agua is sometimes syncretized with the orisha Yemaya. 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 Madre de Agua for love, marriage, reconciliation, money, prosperity, blessing, cleansing, fertility, protection, safe travel by sea, psychism, spirituality, breaking jinxes, and uncrossing.


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