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Ma Moncerrate Gonzalez

Ma Moncerrate Gonzalez

Ma Moncerrate Gonzalez (Oba Tero, Apoto, timbelese Olodumare) was a Yoruba slave, a priest of Chango, and a very powerful Oriate (the highly-knowledgeable priest who presides over Ocha ceremonies). According to Alfredo Calvo, she was the older sister and Madrina of Ferminita Gomez. Once she and her sister were freed from slavery and established their Ocha house in Matanzas, Ma Monserrate most often acted as Oriate for her sister's initiations. She made very few Ochas directly. She is sometimes referred to as Oba Tero or Obatero ("King of the Earth"), sometimes as Apoto (with the accent on the first syllable, meaning "the strength of the pilon" or ritual seat used during initiation), sometimes as both together. Oba Tero was her Ocha name, Apoto a designation of respect.