Exemplary syncretism which transcends linguistic and religious barriers, seas and oceans, land boundaries, times and seasons, to return us the power of faith, disguised, camouflaged, transvestite… hidden and disguised from the lack of content and oppressors eyes who tried to impose its will by force.
Cuba is an inexhaustible repertoire of santeria, where santitos and santeros speak Yoruba and European languages, African songs and Spanish prayers, customs of slaves and impositions of colonizers.Anywhere is fine to attend one side of this mise en scène. For tourists is only another moment of the trip, one curiosity for counting, a decaffeinated experience which, in fact, has nothing to do with the reality of the religion inspired by the universal Olodum force and the protection of their orishas.
Santeros, initiated through arcane rituals that connect the world of the dead with the living, sacrifice and offer, call and request, comply and require, ensure and respect, advise and preserve.
It is a mystical and mysterious world, divine and human, where the fine line that separates man from God, the divine Messenger, got dissolve and is reinforced with the connivance of the believer.
Santeria, santitos and santeros close a magical and spiritual circle which can only be accessed through sincere respect to other people’s beliefs and adherence to the designs of the initiated sages.
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