Cultural Space of the Brotherhood of the Holy Spirit of the Congos
of Villa Mella
Brotherhood of the Holy Spirit represents communities and
individuals of mixed descent who believe in the Holy Spirit, which
they associate with percussion instruments. Their traditions have
Spanish Roots, but were adapted by the slave population in the
colonial period. Family ties, paternal and maternal, determine
membership and position within the fraternity.
Its members conduct the Celebration of the Holy Spirit and
festivities of the Virgin of Rosario. They play the music of 21
traditional songs during burial and veneration rites. The rituals
and celebrations of the Brotherhood of the Holy Spirit are
attended by thousands of people.
social, cultural and economic changes endanger the heritage of the
Brotherhood of the Holy Spirit.
inventory of the communities and individuals carrying on the
traditions is planned. A community centre will feature handicrafts,
a museum, archives and libraries, as well as educational and
promotional programmes. Some of the traditions will be introduced
in school curricula and festivals will be organized.