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Alberto del Pozo's Saints of Santeria

Illustration // Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014
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Alberto del Pozo's "Oricha Collection" depicts the principal gods and goddesses that comprise the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria in lavish, stunning detail. The Orishas can be traced back to the 19th Century slave trade, when thousands of Nigerian citizens were taken from their Yoruba homes to be sold as slaves in the new world. In Cuba, the slaves were introduced to Catholicism, resulting in a new blend of Yoruba and Christian beliefs. The Yoruba gods were then identified with Catholic saints, and allowed many generations of slaves to practice their religion under the guise of Christian liturgy. This new religion came to be known as "Santeria," or "way of the saints."

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