Afro-Caribbean

The Yoruba Culture Survives in Cuba

July 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Cuban Daily News

http://www.cubaheadlines.com/2008/07/19/12486/the_yoruba_culture_survives_cuba.html

The yorubá or lucumí religion which is also known as Santeria or Regla de Osha is the most expanded religion of African origin in Cuba.

Due to the abrupt change of environment from Africa to Cuba in the middle of horrific and humiliating conditions imposed by the slavery system...

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Dance Festival in Grove to Celebrate Yoruban Culture

July 17, 2008

Author: Allison Goodman

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami_dade/east/story/606087.html

This weekend, Coconut Grove will celebrate a culture created in Cuba during the slave trade.

The Yoruban culture and the religion Santería, or Regla de Ocha, which was brought to Cuba by the Yorubans of West Africa, are the by-products of slavery, according to Ifé-Ilé's Artistic and Executive Director Neri...

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Deputies Can't Stop Animal Sacrifices Inside Waterford Lakes Home

June 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WFTV

http://www.wftv.com/news/16688136/detail.html

From the outside it looks like any other house, but it's what's going on inside that's causing a huge controversy in Waterford Lakes. People inside have been holding religious animal rituals and neighbors say it's gone too far.

Because it's considered a religious act, sheriff deputies say they can't do anything about the issue. Now the homeowner's association is...

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Suburban Santeria Priest Appealing Animal Slaughter Ban

April 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: ABC

Wire Service: AP

http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8138532

A Santeria priest who lost a federal suit alleging Euless's ban on animal slaughter encroached on his religious rights is appealing the case.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed an appeal Tuesday on behalf of Jose Merced to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

Merced is an Oba, or...

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A U.S.-Trained Entrepreneur Becomes Voodoo’s Pope

April 5, 2008

Author: MARC LACEY

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/05/world/americas/05beauvoir.html?scp=20&sq=religion&st=nyt

THE goat tethered to a tree outside Max Beauvoir’s home is doomed.

Mr. Beauvoir, tall and majestic with closely cropped white hair, is a voodoo priest who was just named the religion’s supreme master, a newly created position that is aimed at reviving...

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Protestants, Jews, African-Influenced Faiths Among Non-Catholic Religions Represented in Cuba

March 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AOL News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.aol.com/story/_a/protestants-jews-african-influenced/n20080321141709990003

Although 85 percent of Cubans were nominally Roman Catholic before the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power, church experts say fewer than half of Cubans identify themselves as Catholics today, with a very small percentage ever...

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Orisa Priestess Helps Expand West African Faith's Reach through Her San Bernardino Shop

March 14, 2008

Author: David Olson

Source: The Press-Enterprise

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_D_nigerian14.4260d79.html

Chief Fama chanted as she stood on a straw mat in a bamboo-walled room behind her home near San Bernardino.

The priestess sprinkled water in a white ceramic pot containing a single sacred kola nut and then prayed to God for peace, longevity, protection and good health. Her husband...

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Euless Santeria Priest Loses Battle to Sacrifice Goats in Home

January 22, 2008

Author: Michael Grabell

Source: The Dallas Morning Star

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/011908dnmetsanteria.36ae749e.html

A Santeria priest who sued Euless for the right to sacrifice goats in his home lost a key round in court Thursday when a judge ruled that one of the laws he sued under doesn't apply. Jose Merced filed the federal discrimination lawsuit in December...

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FIU: African Spiritual Leaders Seek The Mainstream

January 18, 2008

Author: Gary Nelson

Source: CBS4

http://cbs4.com/local/animal.sacrifice.vodoo.2.633345.html

Scholars, priests and spiritual leaders gathered in South Florida on Friday, seeking an understanding of African culture and religion in the mainstream.

The aim is to achieve mainstream acceptance of practices that some might view as extreme.

Voodoo rituals, spells and ritual sacrifice are the stuff movies are made of, but at...

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Kwanzaa Celebrations Unite Families

December 31, 2007

Author: Madison Park

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/baltimore_city/bal-md.kwanzaa.31dec31,0,3256398.story

Baltimore museums held Kwanzaa celebrations yesterday with craft activities, musical performances and art tours on the fifth day of the holiday.

Visitors packed into the Baltimore Museum of Art for an annual Kwanzaa family day, a tradition of more than 10 years....

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Santeria Class Less Ritual, More Rigor

December 29, 2007

Author: ERIKA BERAS

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami_dade/story/360425.html

Those who came to Oba Ernesto Pichardo's fall semester course at Florida International University's Biscayne Bay campus expecting chicken heads, seashells and drum circles probably left disappointed.

The controversial, charismatic and enterprising Pichardo, a Yoruba priest and the country's leading expert on Santeria, spent...

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