Posts tagged Cuba
Santería, Blessing or Curse?

I was in Cuba for a whole of two weeks with nothing more than a mere sighting of a wand that I could only assume was once used as a ceremonial tool by a Santero while practicing Santería. I quickly scanned the area in the hostel-like home I was in hoping to find other items to strike up a conversation on the subject, but no luck. All I saw was a cowry shell and feather wand in this "casa particular".

Then on my final day, after pushing my disappointment aside, I stumbled upon it. Actually, I'm not sure whether I found it or it found me... but it was real and authentic nonetheless.

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Searching for Roots in Cuba

"I've started dreaming in Spanish, which has never happened before. I wake up feeling different, like something inside me is changing, something chemical and irreversible. There's a magic here working its way through my veins. There's something about the vegetation, too, that I respond to instinctively - the stunning bougainvillea, the flamboyants and jacarandas, the orchids growing from the trunks of the mysterious ceiba trees. And I love Havana, its noise and decay and painted ladyness. I could happily sit on one of those wrought-iron balconies for days, or keep my grandmother company on her porch, with its ringside view of the sea. I'm afraid to lose all this..."  -Cristina Garcia, Dreaming in Cuban

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