Historical Background of Diplo-santería1

Since the very first humanitarian flight that departed to Cuba in 1979 after negotiations with the Cuban government allowed Cuban exiles to return to the island to visit their families, Diasporan Cuban Olorishas and their multi-national religious descendants have made countless visits to the island for religious purposes. Today, many younger Olorishas from the United States, Puerto Rico, Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, and other areas of the Cuban-Lukumí Diaspora are traveling to Cuba, infected by the nostalgic virus that we, the earlier generations of Cuban exiles disseminated, that idealized or romanticized the religion in Cuba. Under this assumption, bitten by the Lukumí-Mecca-in-Cuba bug, they seek religious knowledge and orthodoxy in the island. In many, the virus spreads and becomes a malignant cancer that cannot be extirpated. Continue reading »


MIAMI— Just in time for Black History month, the New World School of the Arts college theater division stages a daring and innovative interpretation of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by NWSA faculty Andrew Noble in collaboration with Estela Vrancovich, costume designer for NWSA, this production looks at the world of Shakespeare through the lens of Santería, the Afro-Cuban syncretic religion. Continue reading »


Egbe Onisin Eledumare will stage the annual Orisha Olokun Festival in Manzanilla tomorrow. The Olokun Festival is the Orisha Festival of the Ocean, in which man’s indispensable link and connectivity to the force of the ocean is celebrated. Olokun is the deity of the deep ocean, marshes and wetlands, and is protector of the African diaspora. Continue reading »

By Dianne Diakité
January 20, 2010

Notwithstanding Haiti’s Christian character, the Haitian personality, if there is one, has been nurtured by a Vodou civilization that any responsible treatment of the subject must disentangle from the Western world’s manufactured “voodoo” culture. Continue reading »


Cuba’s high priests have predicted massive social upheaval and internal conflict in the year 2010. We can reach all we aspire to, but we can also destroy it all. The possibilities in 2010 are greater than last year’s. It all rests in our hands,” The Telegraph quoted Lazaro Cuesta, a priest of the Afro-American Santeria religion, as saying. Continue reading »

By Our Foreign Staff

Cuba’s high priests of the Afro-American Santeria religion announced a vision of massive social upheaval and internal conflict in 2010. Continue reading »

LA HABANA, ene 2 . – Un grupo de sacerdotes yorubas pronosticó que en el 2010 Cuba y el mundo experimentarán un elevado índice de muertes de personalidades políticas, un incremento en la lucha por el poder, además de golpes de estado, enfermedades y conflictos familiares. Continue reading »

Nigerian Compass

Primate, Church of Aladura Worldwide and President, United Aladura Churches, Pope Rufus Okikiola Ositelu, paid a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Compass on Thursday. During the visit, he fielded questions from a group of the newspaper’s reporters on some burning national and religious issues, including the state of the nation vis-a-vis the ill health of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, the rot in the house of God in the country today and what is in stock for the nation in 2010. Continue reading »

Gunter Axt

Para os seguidores das religiões afro-brasileiras, o ano de 2010 é regido por Yemanjá. Acredita-se que algumas das características arquetípicas do Orixá impregnem e definam a essência do ano na vida das pessoas. Continue reading »


Nacida de las tradiciones africanas de los esclavos y mezcladas con las creencias católicas de los colonizadores, la santería es sumamente popular en Cuba, donde cientos de personas, incluso militantes comunistas la siguen y esperan cada fin de año las Letras, para este 2010 toca la letra “Osa Meyi” donde rige Eleguá, santo dueño de los caminos y Changó de las guerras, donde se predice año de inestabilidad, pérdidas humanas, nerviosismo y guerra. Continue reading »

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