Photographer's Note

The Orishas are the deities of the Santeria, the tradicional afrocuban religion (often compared to the Haitian Voodoo), a mix of Catholisism and pagan ceremonies that the slaves from western Afriga brought with them to the magnificent island of Cuba. You may watch a Santeria ceremony throughout the country, and also in the capital, in the suburbs of Regla and Guanabacoa. It's an experience that you' ll never forget. You can also visit the Santeria Museum in Guanabacoa and then go nearby to the tradicional joint called "Orishas", where you can taste original creole food, while enjoing a spectacular afrocuban show (see photo). The whole story of the Orishas and the Santeria will pass right before your eyes. The main deities are there: Babalou Aye (father of the world), Yemaya (mother of the gods), Oshun (goddess of love), Chango, the "Superman of the poor" (Master of Thunder and the drums, legendary warrior and lover, archetype of modern "macho") etc. are waiting to give you as a souvenir, a small naive statue for good luck, which you have to put by the door of your house (don't forget to put also some candy, so that the small Orisha is happy). But first of all you have to "baptize" him by blowing three times towards the statue original Cuban Rum (one for good health, one for love and one for money). Allthough the "mojo" doesn't seem to work for the Cubans in the aspect of money, they have surplus of love and good health. Hope it works for you too!

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