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Tuesday, January 20, 1998 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: Burma
1998-01-20

Cuba — Santeria

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On the eve of the Pope’s visit to Cuba, a look at the most widely practicedreligion on the island — it’s not Catholicism, it’s Santeria. Born amongthe West African Yoruban people who were taken to Cuba as slaves betweenthe 16th and 19th centuries, Santeria — which means "veneration of thesaints" — fuses African myths with Catholic saints.

Guests:

  • Carmen Gonzales, has co-authored, with Natalia Bolivar, 4 books on Santeria,including ??Afro-Cuban Cuisine: Myths and Legends and ??Death, Myths, andLegends. Gonzales worked for the Cuban foreign ministry, and the Centerfor Africa and the Middle East.

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