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Thread #138380 Message #3171770
Posted By: Azizi
16-Jun-11 - 09:49 PM
Thread Name: ADD: Songs from Trinidad
Subject: RE: ADD: Songs from Trinidad
I meant to mention that the line "Oh-ro ku-ro ba me" in the "African War Call" song posted above may be a folk etymology reference to the orisha "Olokon"
I posted information about the Yoruba orishas as a means of better understanding the featured Trinidadian song and as information for those who are interested in that subject apart from or including that song.
Syncretism is a core concept for the study of religion among African and other peoples in the Caribbean and the Americans.
I include this quote from Wikipedia because Wikipedia is usually one of the first places online that people visit to read about a subject and because the quote is consistent with what I have read off-line.
"As mentioned, in order to preserve their authentic ancestral and traditional beliefs, the Lukumi people had no choice but to disguise their orishas as Catholic saints. When the Roman Catholic slave owners observed Africans celebrating a Saint's Day, they were generally unaware that the slaves were actually worshiping their sacred orishas. In Cuba today, the terms "saint" and "orisha" are sometimes used interchangeably.
The term Santería was originally a derisive term applied by the Spanish to mock followers' seeming overdevotion to the saints and their perceived neglect of God. It was later applied to the religion by others. This "veil" characterization of the relationship between Catholic saints and Cuban orisha, however, is somewhat undermined by the fact that the vast majority of santeros in Cuba today also consider themselves to be Catholics, have been baptized, and often require initiates to be baptized. Many hold separate rituals to honor the saints and orisha respectively, even though the disguise of Catholicism is no longer needed."