The meeting of mysticism and religion is given by the presence of syncretism in Cuban society since the dawn of the XNUMXth century. The beliefs and symbols of the Yoruba religion have enriched the roots of the culture of this Caribbean Island.
This is reflected today, in the Yoruba Cultural Association of Cuba, a place that not only carries out cultural exchanges and recreational encounters for associates, but also projects its work for the entire community, to broaden the population's knowledge of Afro-Cuban culture.
Association that promotes Afro-Cuban culture
The institution, based in the Cuban capital, brings together prestigious members who practice the various rites of the Yoruba religion.
They promote the knowledge of the myths and beliefs from Africa and spread by the slaves on the Island, beliefs that contributed to the formation of the Cuban ideology.
The Yoruba Cultural Association in Havana, has numerous spaces to spread Afro-Cuban traditions, such as the “Merceditas Valdés, La Pequeña Ashé” exhibition hall, who was a great singer of Yoruba religious songs and popularizer of this culture, who died in 1996.
It also includes two conference rooms. One of them is named Manolo Ibáñez in honor of the founder of the Association, and the other Alberto Pedro, in honor of the prominent ethnologist and advisor of the Association until his death in 1998.
On the other hand, the library bears the name of the historian and researcher of the African presence in the New World, José Luciano Franco.
Tradition and mysticism in the Yoruba Association of Cuba
En The Yoruba Cultural Association You can find any type of information about the Orishas, cults and rituals, which they share with the public in conversations and meetings.
El Orishas Museum also located within the facility, it promotes and shelters its visitors with a great history.
The permanent exhibition of sculptures representing the Orishas provides a space full of peace that undoubtedly constitutes one of the most representative exponents of Afro-Cuban art and religion.
The members of the Association are in charge of officially disseminating the "Letter of the Year" in more than 10 countries. The letter aims that all religious, initiated or not, follow the advice of Ifá.
"The letter" is a faithful religious tradition on the island and represents a powerful guide of advice and warnings that help devotees through their predictions to maintain balance in their lives.