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Saint Lazarus

The cult of Saint Lazarus is one of the most popular traditions in the Island. This worship emerged of the catholic and Yoruba religions and it is related to a poor leprous man, a friend of Jesus, revived in a … Continue reading

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The Miraculous Woman

The Cemetery of Colón, in Havana looks rather like a garden than a burial ground; it is an obligatory place of visit for those who really want to know the capital of the largest of the Antilles. Its baroque architecture, … Continue reading

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Perico Donkey

This donkey is neither the one that accompanied Sancho in the adventures of Don Quixote; nor Platero, a character born from Juan Ramón Jiménez imagination. It is about Perico a popular donkey in Santa Clara City, in the central part … Continue reading

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The Dominos

Walking around any of the Cuban neighborhoods youd certainly find a noisy group of a contagious joy, placed around a table with four rustic chairs or simple boxes, and people playing the Cubans preferred game: the dominos. The dominos have … Continue reading

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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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