That makes sense, Brazil has the largest concentration of slaves taken from Central Africa , Cuba also had a good amount also whilst Aframs would have been more from Igboland, the blight of Benin all the way up to Senegal
I think most Cuban slaves were from West Africa (Yoruba/Lucumi), but I am pretty sure that many were also from Central Africa (Congo). Its even reflected in Cuban music, much of their musical rhythms have central African origins.
Very true, but I think that there are probably just as many Afro Americans from that region also. The thing is that the religion was able to survive in the Catholic colonies because they could be hidden behind the saints. Protestant areas like Jamaica for example didn't have this advantage and so you don't find it there, (although some practices were able to survive), but you do find aspects of it in Trinidad.
Not as much but we still have some..ie Obeah and Pocomania,Mayal,Kumina
And Nani the Maroon leader a worrior and a reported Obeah woman.
This is true, but I find the attitude is much different in the Spanish speaking Catholic cultures than in the Protestant ones. My Puerto Rican and Cuban friends don't try to hide it at all. The second you step in the house, Orisha are waiting for you. You see them wearing their whites after innitiation, or when they're going to ceremonies. Jamaica? OH HELL NO! We may run to the Obeah man or woman when we need "some help", but we keep that s*&t on the real down low.
By the way, isn't Obeah coming more from the Akan rather than Yoruba traditions?
Post by Charlie Bass on Sept 4, 2010 11:38:19 GMT -5
Afro-descendants in Latin America have a variety of looks that suggest different parts of Africa, Aframs do too, but look heavily Igbo influenced and I've seen Igbos that are indistinguishable from Aframs.