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    Afro Cuban Religions and Deities

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    In seven pages Afro Cuban religions are examined in terms of understanding the societies of Cuba and Africa along with a discussion of deities and Yoruba Pantheon saints. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    saints in the Yoruba Pantheon. Also are reflected the daily lives and historical experience of African and Cuban societies. AFRO-CUBAN RELIGIONS Cuban religions have long been enmeshed  with not only African traditions but with Catholic and Native American traditions as well (Barnet 2001). This has created a religion all its own, with more deities than almost  any other religion in its class. Indeed, this is a religion like no other. In trying to explain the Afro-Cuban religion, we will describe some of the deities  that are of the most important in the Yoruba/levenic pantheon and in the daily lives and societies of these people. SOME OF THE DEITIES FOUND IN THE RELIGION Seven  of the deities that are found in the Yoruba religion according to the Nando Times (2002) are the following. Explanations are given as to their import in society, economy,  environment, gender and class. Eleggua is a male deity, and known as a trickster. While he is a healer and also has magical powers, he can be cruel as  well as generous. For this reason he is considered to be a devil. Obatala is considered the father of most of the Orishas and stands for "clarity, justice and  wisdom" (Nando Times, 2002, PG). He is considered the owner of the world. Oloddumare is equivalent to our concept of God. A male deity, Oloddumare is the main  creative force that is worshipped in the Yoruba. Oshun is a goddess and as such she represents beauty, sexuality and and love. It is her that people pray to  in matters of power and money. She is generous but has a temper as well. She protects the abdominal area. Oya is the representation of the female 

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