Mandinga de Escravo

Palanka Roumer

All things of worth require sacrifice. One must give in order to receive. Give something of equal or greater value. In a relationship we give of ourselves and expect our other half to match the offering. Everything must be in balance – give and take – for energy cannot be created or destroyed, only manipulated and altered.

I am a capoeirista. Capoeira is magic. Mandinga de escravo. Slave magic born of oppression. A manipulation of life energy, requiring input of all participating in the roda. It is sorcery mastered and understood through the physical, the musical, and the spiritual The sacrifice it demands is my body and I give willingly. I am but a beginner, an initiate, but I know the more I give, the more will be revealed. About life. About the world. About the truth of things. About myself.

About Palanka Roumer

I was born in Boston and raised in both Miami and Petionville/Port-au-Prince, Ayiti.

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