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Posted October 25, 2005 by bobbi in Cuban Culture

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It is no big secret that for Fidel Castro to make it to 79 as leader of Communist country in the Americas he has to be pretty lucky or was he bless by the Santeria Gods. Fidel Castro has embrace the Afro-Cuban Community and the various Africa Countries and leaders through out the years but has he embrace there religion or has there religion embrace him.

Between the 16th and the 19th centuries over 1 million Africans were brought to Cuba as slaves - principally to work in the sugar fields.  Most of the kidnapped were Yoruba from the central part of Africa in present day Benin and southwestern Nigeria and brought to Cuba.  Torn from their homeland, they held on to their belief system despite many attempts by the Spanish colonial lords to repress it.  Faced with pressure to give up their religion, the slaves merely adapted it to the Catholicism as it was practiced in Cuba.  Each of the Yoruba gods was equated to one of the many Catholic saints creating a so-called syncretized religion, meaning that two differing belief systems were brought into harmony with each other.  Rather than worship their gods openly, slaves would pray to Catholic saints (thus appearing very pious to the slave owner).  Because the slaves had to hide their religion behind the Catholic saints, the name of their belief system became known as Santeria, which some now consider politically incorrect.  For this reason it is also referred to as Regla Lucum� or Regla Ocha.  There are other syncretized religions in different former slave countries such as Brazil.  Even today it is not uncommon to meet Cubans who go to a Catholic church and also adhere to the customs of their African forebears.

So is Fidel Castro protected by Santeria? It is known big secret that a lot of Castro most die hard support are Afro-Cubans a lot of whom practice Santeria. Afro-Cubans have loyal support Castro Socialist Revolution. We the god with Castro when he attack Moncada Barracks and was not killed but jail and exile to Mexico where he form a guerilla army that reinvade Cuba December 1956 and overthrew Fulgencio Batista in 1959.  He survive the Bay of Pigs invasion in April `15 1961. The Mariel Boat lift in the 1980th and countless plots of assissination by the CIA and exiles.  Fidel Castro is also rumor to major Drug dealer in the Carribiean and It is know fact that various power drug dealer like his once good friend Manuel Norieaga pratice Santeria to power them from there eniemies. Some believe that Fidel Castro was a powerful Santeria practisenar, who could literally right the heart of his eniemies.  It is also rumored in Cuba that Celia Sanchez, who as a was an iyalocha, a priestess devoted to Obatal� introduce Fidel Castro into Santeria; However these are just a rumors.

Now wheather Castro ever believed or pratice Santeria is pure speculation; however there are Santerians, who are Afro-Cuban that believe in Fidel Castro and believe he is bless by the Santeria Saint and they offer as proof not only his long life and survival but the fact that white dove came and sat on his shoulder in speak he gave on day, which they say is proof in Santeria that the Gods or Saints are with him.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on October 25, 2005 by abh with 244 total posts

    Wasn’t he inducted by a priestess in Africa while on a trip there?  I also believe that when the white dove landed on him during that one speech back in the day it was a powerful symbolic moment for many, and isn’t it true that this was considered a sign by some who practice la region?

  2. Follow up post #2 added on October 26, 2005 by bobbi with 83 total posts

    To Santera believers, doves are symbols of Obatal, the Son of God. Obatalis the God who shaped the human body, and rules his mind, thoughts and dreams. The doves perched in Fidel’ shoulder were a clear sign that Fidel had been chosen by the Santera Gods to guide and protect the people of Cuba.

    I pasted this part of the Article because It shows the symbol meaning of the dove on Fidel Castro shoulder and show the Obatala the Son of the Gods was with him. I saw Lucia Newman CNN’ Havana bureau chief and correspondent doing a report about this famous speech. I did not hear all of the speech, but from what I understand it was magicial speech the that climax with the doves on Castro shoulder Lucia Newman said herself that was a sign that gods or Saint were with Fidel Castro. Those are two different sources saying the same thing.

  3. Follow up post #3 added on November 01, 2005 by abh with 244 total posts

    I think it would be very interesting to compare the views of those who practice the religion regarding Fidel with the views of those who don’t practice it. Would you say that he is supported MORE by devotees of the religion than others? 

  4. Follow up post #4 added on September 09, 2006 by christian-concept

    santeria is a bloody religion that satisfies itself by killing animals to take its blood for religious purposes. Its ok you may believe in this religion, but please, dont support the suffer from innocent animals who has nothing to do with your belief.

    Dont take me wrong, if you want to believe, do it. But dont practice animal sacrifice.

  5. Follow up post #5 added on September 11, 2006 by run abh with 13 total posts

    I respect your view, however, I wonder how many innocent animals are killed everyday by Christians.
    I personally think everyone should educate themselves about this religion, as it has traditional been misunderstood as black magic, a misunderstanding that has its roots in racist perceptions of Africa and people of African ancestry.  I have seen this religion in many lights, and there are so many positive aspects of it that can’t be denied.  It is definitely a religion that celebrates life.
    For more information, consult the website for religious tolerance.  It dispels some of the myths about the religion.  Here’s the site:  http://www.religioustolerance.org/santeri.htm

  6. Follow up post #6 added on September 11, 2006 by bobbi with 83 total posts

    Orissa is Orisha that what I said in 2003. Orisha are a Nigerian African people who pratice voodoo and and the Orissa a people of the same origins that came form Africa to India and Iran. The called themselve Dravidian and they are said to be from the Middle East. These are very darkskinned with Caucasian features. The Control the real Universe and the Keys to Heaven and Hell and spread or Cure diseases. In India and Iran these people became the ancestors of the Aryans people or Iran and India. Hindus Chief God Varuna the Chief of Asuras or the Solar race came this origins. Voodoo came to india along time ago and they Santerians may the Africa side of that but however they need to know the India side of it too.  Hinduism was created by Voodoo Gods like Varuna, Kali, Shiva, and Murangan and Korravai on the Indus Valley or India from Sindh where my ancestor came from. We are followers of Varuna who called Ahura Mazda by our Zoroastrian ancestors. I am Sinti gypsies, my family came form Parsis or Zoroastrian from Sindh who were related to Iraqi Jewish Magi like Daniel who like our Patriarch because the Parsis in Multan-Sindh and later Gujarat and Bombay were Jewish Magi the descent from Daniel who died in Susa Iran a Elam-Dravidian Capital and homeland of the Medes or Magi people who special in Astrology, Astronomy, Divination, Dieties and Planetary alinment and Herbal Healing. We were invited to Sindh-Multan Pakistan or Great India at the time to cure Hare Krishna son Samba of Leprosy.  Magi Daniel who was Chaldean Magi was Rab-Magi Chief of all the Magi or Zoroastrian priest first in Babylon then later in Persian in Susa where he died; He also pratice Torah at the same time. The Jewish Magi came Chaldea to Susa to Multan-Sindh. They had Jewish Zoroastrian Kindgom inwhich they Sun and Fire Jewish Zoroastrian Magi and Bene-Israel all come originally from Iraqi Jews. This Zoroastian and Bene-Israel Kingdom was Destroyed 1000 years by Mahmud Ghanzi were my ancestor Jewish-Gypsies refugees. They were not really part of India because were not Hindus, we were Zoroastrian and Jewish. Our Temple was run by Magi or Zoroastrian priest and our ritual were simple to those other Zoroastrian in Iran and later in India in Gujarat and Bombay.  May family just descend from Daniel Magi family because we have HLA2901 and HLA-B4201 which is found originally Palestinian Jews, then in Iraqi Jews then in my ancestors Pakistani Parsis who descend from Iraqi Jews. These are extremely old antigens amoung Jewish people which date back to their original origins in Israel.  They also have it in Cuba were some my ancestors were become to Louisiana.  Varuna is Chief of the Asuras and Magi or Zoroastrian priest and he is called Ahura Mazda or Asura-Maya He both the first Magi like mortal Indra was the first Brahmin.  And Brahmin have been rulling over black for more then 4000 years until now when Magi too over now Magi will rule over whites.  Zoroastrianism is our relegion, Magi our priest, Socialism is our Political system and this is the India part of Voodoo.  Voodoo or Santeria is your relegion, Babalou is your priest.  Socialism is your political system that will free you from the white man oppression in the world.

  7. Follow up post #7 added on September 13, 2006 by bobbi with 83 total posts

    I know that Fidel Castro is an Agontic but New spread of Socialist dominace in most of the world but not totally in the World come from a Divine source of Black Gods and Black Angels who were overthrow in Heaven more 4000 years ago but now have retake heaven back and who are now distrubing Justice around the world and spreading Socialism to the Thrid World. When I taught about black I just don’t mean Africans, I mean Dravidian Indian, Bedouin Arab, Basque, Irish, women and even the Ethiopian all have been opress groups for thousands of years who are originally of a Black source. Black have been very good to Fidel Castro. The have protect him all these years with thier magic. Even now they continue to protect with his cancer. Fidel Castro stop the whole of Latin America from being inslave by Capitalism. The Leftist are originally from a black source which was brought about out of opression and slavery. Everyone of those groups I mention above were either a opress or enslave group.  I forgot to mention Gays and Lesbian and others like them who were also oppress and exploited group who were use by the Capitalist to spy on Cuba, because got rid of alot Gays and Lesbian because he call them “Counter revolutionaries” However they know in Miami that the Gay and Lesbian community are Castro eyes in the United States and the Capitalist in Miami have made it very clear how they feel Gays and Lesbian is Miami, Where some Right Wing Republian tried to retrict what little right the had in Florida and alot of victims were Gay and Lesbian exile Cubans. Globally the Gays and Lesbian are Socialist politically because Socialist support Gay rights.

  8. Follow up post #8 added on October 30, 2009 by Botanica Los Orishas

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  9. Follow up post #9 added on October 30, 2009 by Botanica Los Orishas

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