Afro-Caribbean

SJC Rules in Favor of Rastafarian Who Alleged Discrimination

December 2, 2008

Author: Martin Finucane

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2008/12/sjc_win_for_ras.html?p1=Well_MostPop_Emailed7

The right of a business to control its public image doesn’t trump workers’ right to dress or groom themselves differently if they are required to do so by their religious beliefs, the state’s highest court ruled today.

The...

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Haitian-Americans' Voodoo Ritual Honors the Dead

November 29, 2008

Author: Jennifer Kay

Source: The Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6137867.html

Goat meat stewing on the stove and sweet potatoes baking in the oven. Cooked fish, complete with bones and eyeballs. Spicy peppers soaked in bottles of rum.

The food is an offering to the spirits expected to dance among the revelers at Voodoo priest Erol Josue's Miami...

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Hub Gallery to Show Haitian Voodoo Flags

October 16, 2008

Author: Daniela Caride

Source: The Bay State Banner

http://www.baystatebanner.com/arts44-2008-10-16

Mermaids and Catholic saints. Pyramids, hearts and ceremonial candles. Not exactly the dark, frightening, black-magic-worshipping imagery one might conjure up when thinking of Voodoo (spelled “Vodou” or “Voudou” in other parts of the world).

But these dazzling images — combining a variety of spiritual and...

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Priest Fights For Santeria Followers in Coral Gables

September 22, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/sep/22/me-priest-fights-for-santeria-followers/

Jesus Suarez, a Santeria priest, had slit the throat of one goat that June afternoon. He had three more goats, two sheep and 44 chickens to go.

But before he could finish the ritual sacrifice, Coral Gables police swarmed the house where he and about 20 other followers of the Afro-...

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Devotees of West African Faith Gather Near San Bernardino

August 31, 2008

Author: David Olson

Source: The Press Enterprise

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_W_orisa31.496ba6a.html

The sounds of chanting, drumming and traditional West African music streamed Saturday afternoon from a backyard near San Bernardino, as about 100 people gathered for the biggest festival of the Orisa religion in southern California.

The yard belongs to two of the West Coast's best-known...

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Revered by the Castros and Their Opponents

July 28, 2008

Author: Marc Lacey

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/28/world/americas/28cuba.html?em&ex=1217390400&en=cc3ea75cbba2e93c&ei=5087%0A

The most bizarre offering that the Rev. Jorge Alejandro has witnessed at Cuba’s most cherished shrine came from the man who bent down and began clipping his toenails. One by one, the man deposited them at the altar, among the many other...

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Santeria Leaders Hope Tolerance of Faith's Rituals Spreads

July 27, 2008

Author: Mike Clary

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-flbsanteria0727sbjul27,0,3756634.story

Although Santeria has been widely practiced in South Florida for decades, the Afro-Cuban religion, which at times includes animal sacrifices, remains cloaked in mystery and sensation.

Just last year, police staged an armed raid on a Coral Gables home...

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The Yoruba Culture Survives in Cuba

July 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Cuban Daily News

http://www.cubaheadlines.com/2008/07/19/12486/the_yoruba_culture_survives_cuba.html

The yorubá or lucumí religion which is also known as Santeria or Regla de Osha is the most expanded religion of African origin in Cuba.

Due to the abrupt change of environment from Africa to Cuba in the middle of horrific and humiliating conditions imposed by the slavery system...

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Dance Festival in Grove to Celebrate Yoruban Culture

July 17, 2008

Author: Allison Goodman

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami_dade/east/story/606087.html

This weekend, Coconut Grove will celebrate a culture created in Cuba during the slave trade.

The Yoruban culture and the religion Santería, or Regla de Ocha, which was brought to Cuba by the Yorubans of West Africa, are the by-products of slavery, according to Ifé-Ilé's Artistic and Executive Director Neri...

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Deputies Can't Stop Animal Sacrifices Inside Waterford Lakes Home

June 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WFTV

http://www.wftv.com/news/16688136/detail.html

From the outside it looks like any other house, but it's what's going on inside that's causing a huge controversy in Waterford Lakes. People inside have been holding religious animal rituals and neighbors say it's gone too far.

Because it's considered a religious act, sheriff deputies say they can't do anything about the issue. Now the homeowner's association is...

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Suburban Santeria Priest Appealing Animal Slaughter Ban

April 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: ABC

Wire Service: AP

http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8138532

A Santeria priest who lost a federal suit alleging Euless's ban on animal slaughter encroached on his religious rights is appealing the case.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed an appeal Tuesday on behalf of Jose Merced to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

Merced is an Oba, or...

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A U.S.-Trained Entrepreneur Becomes Voodoo’s Pope

April 5, 2008

Author: MARC LACEY

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/05/world/americas/05beauvoir.html?scp=20&sq=religion&st=nyt

THE goat tethered to a tree outside Max Beauvoir’s home is doomed.

Mr. Beauvoir, tall and majestic with closely cropped white hair, is a voodoo priest who was just named the religion’s supreme master, a newly created position that is aimed at reviving...

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