The Journey of African Religions in Cuba

As expected, Christianity of the Roman Catholic is the predominant religion in Cuba. Until a few decades ago, African religions were forbidden from been practiced openly. It is normal to see African religion syncretized with some Catholicism. The most popular syncretic in Cuba is Santeria, brought by the Yoruba people of Southwest, Nigeria. It was probably the youngest African religions to come with enslaved to Cuba. It only occurred in Cuba around three century after Palo Mayombe. It is also popularly practiced in Brazil as Umbanda.

Though some Cubans did and have not fully embraced the African religions, they are considered more potent and powerful than popular Christianity. An estimated over three-quarter of the Cuban population had visited African religions practice for guidance, healing, protection and other consultations. Santeria may be the most popular African religion in Cuba. Many regard Palo Mayombe as the most powerful of them all. Palero Priests are consulted from far and wide.

Voodoo Religion

Based on media misrepresentation of the religion and its practices in various movies and music, it is the most famous Africa Spiritualism. The enslaved from West Africa first brought it to the Caribbean, precisely Haiti. There is various histories of persecution of the practitioners of the religion for long by the Catholic Church. The misrepresentation of Voodoo religion probably started with the oppression and painting it in a bad light. 

Despite the suppression and negatively publicity, the voodoo religion found its way to the heart of many Haitians. There were an increased following and respect for the faith for the rule it played during the Haitian revolution. Palo Mayombe and voodoo have one thing in common; both have suffered from years of persecutions and stereotype. It is undeniable that Voodoo is one of the most potent African religions, but it does not come close to Palo Mayombe. Palo Mayombe rituals involve the invoking of the spirit of the dead and the ancestors, which guarantee fast and effective results. 

Santeria Religion and Practices in Cuba.

Unlike Palo Mayombe, one crucial aspect of Santeria is the emphasis on the deities. The Santeria religion faithful believes in the deities or the gods.

 These deities take care of essential aspects of life. Olodumare is considered the supreme beings, that created both heaven and earth. The Olodumare or Eledumare gives power to the deities to control the affairs of men, but He is the primary source of all power and energy. These deities are referred to as Orishas. Palo Mayombe is different; there is only one God, N’zambi. In the case of Palo Mayombe, Nzambi put the spirits of the ancestors are in charge of human’s affairs. Palo Mayombe Spirits, Mpungus may have existed as men or in another form.

In terms of Power, Palo Mayombe is above other African religions

Despite all the misinformation about Palo Mayombe, one thing that most African Religions cannot disagree it with is the power of Palo Mayombe. This power comes from understanding and harnessing the energy in the spirit of the dead and the ancestors. The secret of the efficacy of Palo Mayombe lies in harnessing these power and the natural forces around. Things not understood are often misunderstood. The secret to the power of Palo Mayombe needs to be kept, away from the charlatans and the wrong hands. Consult a genuine Palero priest for solving real-life and spiritual issues with Palo Mayombe.