Afro-Cuban Myths: Yemaya and Other Orishas

  • Publish Date: 2005-04-01
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Romulo Lachatanere;Christine Ayorinde

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The essay The Afro-Cuban Festival 'Day of the Kings' by Fernando Ortiz, founder of Afro-Cuban studies, describes how, as in Brazil, Catholic priests and the colonial government as early as 1573 allowed and encouraged the African slaves to celebrate Epiphany, the Festival of the Three Kings...Free people joined in and the dances, music and costumes paraded by the various eyewitnesses demonstrate how early and how immense were the African contributions to what was to become the carnival of the African Diaspora.

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