Afro-Cuban Stories. Patakines



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Cuentos afrocubanos. Patakines (Afro-Cuban Stories. Patakines) is an anthology of oral narrations of African origin, which have been transcribed into Spanish in the religious rituals of Cuba and the Caribbean. They reference the origin of the deities of the Yoruba religion and further tell stories of that culture that used to be interpreted through the framework of the Ifa divination system. In the Cuban syncretism many of these stories have adopted elements of the Christian religion or of rural character myths associated with other cultures on the island of Cuba. However, the first source of these texts is the Yoruba culture and its language. For this edition we have numbered the patakines of each Orisha (or saint) with the proposition of establishing its multiple variants. Though some of them differ in small details, they contribute relevant elements for the comprehension of the doctrinal body and the Afro-Cuban cosmology.

(Description has been translated into English, Book edition is in Spanish)