Category: Lucumi

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Queen of the White Cloth (Photo Board)

  QUEEN OF THE WHITE CLOTH  //  After reflecting on my brief time as an iyawo and writing “Wearing White,” I started coming across so many breathtaking photos of Santeras and aborishas wearing all white with their elekes. It is unlikely that they are iyawos because you’re not allowed to have your photo taken at that time, but regardless we do often wear white like this … Read More Queen of the White Cloth (Photo Board)

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Wearing White

While the mainstream and Eurocentric colors of magic and witchcraft for clothing tend to be black or deep purples and other darker hues, in many Afro-diasporic traditions the most popular color to wear is white. If you are starting down the road of Santería / Lucumí, you’ll quickly notice that it’s considered better to try to wear white or at least lighter shades in … Read More Wearing White

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Learning about Orishas

Yesterday, I received my elekes and experienced spiritual initiation for the first time. It was one of the most joyful and blessed experiences of my life, and it has grown my perspective on the traditions of Lucumi in ways I couldn’t have imagined. While there is a lot about this experience that I won’t write and can’t share, I want to speak a little … Read More Learning about Orishas

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Phyllis Galembo

Photography by Phyllis Galembo (source)