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Noun1.malevolency - the quality of threatening evilmalevolency - the quality of threatening evil  
bitchiness, cattiness, nastiness, spite, spitefulness - malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty
cruelness, cruelty, harshness - the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
beastliness, meanness - the quality of being deliberately mean
evilness, evil - the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice; "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"
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stratagems are infused within her art; the figural as seen in Untitled (Spread) and the allegorical as in Untitled (Balance) where meaning is hidden and imagery exudes malevolency.
However, the state of the body is not directly instrumental with respect to the malevolency or goodness/pureness of Bentian ancestors which is determined much more (although far from guaranteed) by the arrangement of the obligatory secondary mortuary ritual (which may occur long before actual decomposition of the body, and which does only rarely involve exhumation) or other acts by the living demonstrating respect for the ancestors.
The reason for this discussion is that the intermediary divinities (Orichas), along with all other Santeria's Supreme Being (Olodumare) creations, reflect the simultaneous characteristics of virtuosity and malevolency, components of their essential nature.