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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 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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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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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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Ochosi

Ochosi (Santiago Archangel), son of Yemaya, is a major orisha. He is the patron of those in trouble with justice; he is magician, fortune teller, warrior, fisherman and hunter. When invoked he is called as Ochosi Ode Mata, and he is the owner … Continue reading

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Timba

It is a controversial Cuban popular rhythm, whose origins come from the racial prejudices against the Afro-Cuban cultural expressions of the 19th Century. Timba came after the proliferation of “new rhythms” in the sixties (Pachanga, Pilon, Mozambique, etc). Cuban musical … Continue reading

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