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Templo de Santería Yemayá, Trinidad

Singing, dancing and drumming in the Casa Templo de Santería Yemayá in Trinidad, Cuba, an “ilé”, a house dedicated to Regla de Ochá (also known as Santería, Cuba’s main religion of African origin, merged with aspects of Roman Catholicism). Yemayá is an “Orichá” the Goddess of the Sea and the singing is in the Lucumí language, a creole variety of the African Yoruba language. It developed in the African slave communities of the Cuba’s 18th Century sugar plantations, maintaining their central African beliefs (primarily Nigeria’s Yoruba) while adopting elements of Spanish-imposed Catholicism to disguise it.

Photo by Ludo Kuipers, Sat Feb 27, 2016
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