Cuban Vodú

Cuban Vodú is a religion indigenous to Cuba. It is a religion formed from the blending of Fon and Ewe beliefs and Dahomey religion which came to form Haitian Vodou. Loa are worshiped by the religion's practitioners.[1] Cuban Vodú is noteworthy for its popularity in the Oriente Province of Cuba and a lack of academic study of the religion.[2]

Even though much of the practices come from Haitian immigrants bringing Haitian Vodou to Cuba the Cuban practices subsequently evolved and came to differ in some ways. For instance: feats of strength are more common in ceremonies and dance movements differ.[3] Cuban Vodú is composed of three divisions: the Indigenous American Division, whose spirits are of American origin (usually refers to Taíno spirits); the African Division, whose spirits are of African origin (usually Fon and Ewe spirits); and the European Division, whose spirits are of European origin (usually Spanish spirits).[4]

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  1. ^ Ashcraft-Eason, Lillian; Martin, Darnise; Olademo, Oyeronke (2010). Women and New and Africana Religions. ISBN 9780275991562.
  2. ^ Dodson, Jualynne; Batista, Jose (2008). Sacred Spaces and Religious Traditions in Oriente Cuba. ISBN 9780826343536.
  3. ^ Daniel, Yvonne (2005). Dancing Wisdom:Embodied Knowledge in Haitian Vodou, Cuban Yoruba, and Bahian Candomble. ISBN 9780252072079.
  4. ^ "Vodu".

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