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Pomba Gira: The Mystery & Heart of the Crossro...

Pomba Gira: The Mystery & Heart of the Crossroad

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I have sat for three days trying to write this piece, trying to put into words how I feel about Pomba Gira and my experience of who she is, and it has proven difficult.

Difficult because she is so multifaceted and surprising that nothing I wrote was right, but at the same time, all of it was.

To me she is the complexity of the female power; given birth from our sexuality, our emotions and our strength. All of those things a patriarchal society finds challenging, that it shames and controls.

She is our freedom.

Our freedom to say “fuck you”, our freedom to sleep with whomever we want with our head held high and our freedom to lead from the front in all our female glory.

Fuck your niceties.

Fuck your aprons. Fuck your “aren’t you being a little too sensitive”. Fuck your controlling our reproductive organs. Fuck you. 

We birthed you, you little shits.

Pomba Gira is the woman without shame, the woman who dresses how she pleases and goes for exactly what she wants. She knows the power each of us holds and she entices us to use it; demonstrate our ability to seduce and dominate if we so choose.

She is choice.

She is the one who holds your hand during heartbreak, the one who asks you to stand taller, the one who shows you what you are capable of becoming, the solace from your struggles.

 

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For me, Pomba Gira is the blood coloured rose. She holds the beauty and poise of that flower that has beguiled so many into illicitly plucking her from the rose bush, only for them to forget about the strength and bite of those powerful thorns. 

Do you deserve to look upon such beauty if you do not have the character to weather a little blood my friend…

When reading about Pomba Gira, in some places, the focus is purely on her sexual prowess with multiple mentions of her being a prostitute. Her work as a murderess, strategic leader, aristocracy, witch, lover, saint, confidant, gypsy, poisoner, teacher, assassin and healer are quickly forgotten by those whose attitudes to Pomba Gira reflect their attitudes to women in general.

Lessons will be swift in their coming.

Even as a wife Pomba Gira has seven husbands; not because she is a ‘floozy’, because she does not bow to male dominance or control. Why shouldn’t she have seven husbands?

One of my favourite things about Pomba Gira is that she will, forever, be a complicated mystery. As soon as you think you have her pegged she will show you something else about her.

A woman needs her secrets, right!?

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Having Amazigh heritage Silver L Wolf naturally found her way down the winding roads of a nomadic existence, hopping from one land to the next connecting with the spirits calling her name. Not only does she wander physically but spiritually too as different deities and spirits knock on her door, wanting to be known. Quimbanda has been the first place she can call home. A Writer, Exorcist, Ambassador of Spirits, Fire Walk Leader and a Soul Worker, Silver can often be found researching an obscure cult, walking across hot coals or hunting things that have been lost. Silver is passionate about the holy three – death, sex and magic. Maybe a little wine too.
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    And, honestly, women aren’t supposed to make sense.  We are complex creatures, (ideally) ever evolving to become exactly who we want to. Sovereign.

    So putting female spirits in a neat little understandable box is almost throwing down the gauntlet. Pomba Gira will burn your box to the ground.

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    Be aware that Pomba Gira can be a very blunt spirit, sometimes with the creepiest, meanest sense of humour ever, other times she is a complete doll. It depends on which Pomba Gira you are working with, and it truly pays to know, that way you can tailor your approach.

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Having Amazigh heritage Silver L Wolf naturally found her way down the winding roads of a nomadic existence, hopping from one land to the next connecting with the spirits calling her name. Not only does she wander physically but spiritually too as different deities and spirits knock on her door, wanting to be known. Quimbanda has been the first place she can call home. A Writer, Exorcist, Ambassador of Spirits, Fire Walk Leader and a Soul Worker, Silver can often be found researching an obscure cult, walking across hot coals or hunting things that have been lost. Silver is passionate about the holy three – death, sex and magic. Maybe a little wine too.

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