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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Cuba Santeros predicts diseases and plots in 2022

Havana ( Associated Press) — Religious leaders in Cuba Santeria predict 2022 with hope, but they fear a worsening of diseases, an increase in violence and even conspiracies.

At least two important groups of “Bablavos”, as the priests are called in this sect, announced their “Letter of the Year” this Sunday: a set of prophecies for the next 12 months and whose ceremony is held every year. Happens on 31st December.

According to the organizing commission of the letter of the year—known as October 10, for the municipality where the cult takes place—and the most traditional of speculations, the sign of 2022 will be “Obe Juani” and the regent deity or orisha. Obatala is with Oshun.

“The indication is from the epidemic, from the cardiopulmonary diseases. We have to work with medicinal plants, because there will be a shortage of medicines, (something) that exists in Cuba, but will also be seen in the world,” Ifa priest Victor Betancourt told the Associated Press. , we call it a sign of a cold grave…is worrying.

As for predictions individually, he said that people may suffer from heart or pulmonary disorders, skin or bone problems this year. In the social sphere, he recommended that people maintain cleanliness in their homes and encouraged the use of medicinal plants, and suggested governments to build infrastructure, from homes and hospitals to cemeteries.

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In addition, people should pay attention to the formation of children and avoid interpersonal violence, as well as be aware of plots in which “many people come together to harm one another,” the letter’s written text said. has gone.

For its part, the Yoruba Association of Cuba published its letter, for which it also featured “Baba Iogbe” as the regent sign and Obatala as the divinity of the year.

Both “letters” place Obatala as the Orisha of the Year, Wisdom and the patron saint of human thoughts, dreams and emotions. It is depicted with white color and according to these beliefs it is the creator of the earth. In the syncretism of the Cuban Santeria – the blend that was created between African traditions and Catholicism – it is identified with the Virgen de las Mercedes.

Although the two groups of Babalawos—who have thousands of followers or deities in Cuba and in countries with strong emigration such as the United States, Spain, and Mexico—have been working separately for decades, in recent years they sought to come together. It is a unified letter. However, this time he distanced himself again due to differences which were not recognized by either side.

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One of the 10 October commission’s founders, the priest Lázaro Cuesta, who views himself as an independent, told a group of journalists, “Ifa is not infamous, as are many letters.” Its support for the Yoruba Association with which it counts on behalf of the State of Cuba is generally considered official. “If all of us babas maintain unity and do not have the spirit of being central person, we will get better results,” he said. Ifa calls on us to coexist in harmony”, yet, “respect for diversity is an important tool”, he said.

The Cuban Santeria emerged as a fusion between the traditions brought by African slaves and the Catholic beliefs of the Spanish. It is the majority religion on the island that is firmly rooted in idiosyncrasies and national culture.

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Andrea Rodriguez is here: www.twitter.com/ARodriguezAP

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