Monthly Archives: January 2024

The Charangas de Bejucal

At the end of every year takes place the oldest of Havanas traditional feasts, Las Charangas de Bejucal. The congas go around the locality divided in two parties including the inhabitants of the place. The town is divided into two, the … Continue reading

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Macorina, the first woman driving in Cuba

Her scarf blowing with the salty breeze coming from the Malecón while she was driving her spectacular red car through the Prado Promenade and the inhabitants of Havana stared at her; it was the early 20th century. She was the … Continue reading

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Babalochas and Iyalochas: Center of the santería

They are the fathers (babá in Yoruba language) and mothers (iyá) of the saint (ocha). They are the center of the Cuban santeria. After several years of the initiation, and after obtaining the “licence” and the ache (gift), from the orishas, the … Continue reading

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Santería or Regla de Ocha

When you listen to the term santeria, dont think about the saints of the Catholic Church, but on the believes of different ethnic groups of the Yoruba African culture that arrive to Cuba during the traffic of slaves. The Santeria or Regla de Ocha was formed … Continue reading

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Caridad del Cobre: Patroness of Cuba

According to the legend, in 1613, two brothers of native origin and a black boy of nine or ten years old, went for salt to the Nipe Bay “in the northeast coast of Cuba”, and they saw under the sea … Continue reading

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The Abakuá Secret Society

In Cuba, those persons belonging to the secret masculine society Abakuá are known as abakúa or ñañigo. This kind of society is unique in the American continent. This association was founded in the first decades of the 19th century, a hostile moment for the … Continue reading

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The Regla Conga or Palo Monte

This religious expression in has its roots in the cults practiced in the kingdom of Congo and other subordinated monarchies of Bantu origin. The western ethnology gathered under the same denomination the community of peoples from western, central and south Africa, that … Continue reading

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Oddúa

It is said that when Olofi wanted to create the World, came down with Obatalá. During the process of creation, marvellous things were made, but also many others failed, and some others were left unfinished. For instance he made men without heads, and … Continue reading

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The Son de la Ma Teodora

A great mystery is around the popular Son de la Ma Teodora (Mum Teodoras Son). Some researchers affirm there is no document to testify its real existence and origin, and some others support the idea that it is a functional piece of … Continue reading

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Guaracha

Between the decades of the twenties and the fifties a dance style and song original from Cuba and the Spanish Antilles achieved great popularity and it was called Guaracha. There is an antecedent in the 18th Century, when it was created … Continue reading

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