Saturday, September 18, 2021

Carnival Corporation Announces Travel to Havana, Cuba

havana, cuba
Havana has the highest population of blacks in Cuba

*Carnival Corporation has announced some exciting news. The US has granted Carnival Corporation approval to travel to Cuba. Carnival Corporation has selected Cuba’s capital, Havana, as their travel destination, which  has the highest population of Blacks in Cuba.

I’ve attached the release announcing that the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce granted approval for the company to begin travel to Cuba.  Additionally, below are some key insights that you can also share with your readers on Blacks in Cuba.   Please let me know if you have any questions and share this important news with your readers.   Photos are available upon request.

Photo Gallery: Black faces pepper the streets of Havana in Cuba.  Take a look.

  • During the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Cuba received twice as many African slaves than America, which led to the population of Afro-Cubans.  Blacks in Cuba have also migrated from other islands such as Haiti and Jamaica.
  • Slavery was fully abolished in Cuba in October 7, 1886.
  • Havana, the capital of Cuba, has the largest population of Blacks in Cuba.
  • One of Cubans most important legacies lies within the Santería religion. Santería, also known as Lukumí by most Cubans, is a theological worldview that lends the tenets of Catholicism with that of the West African religion, Yoruba. Santeros believe Catholic saints are African spirits. The Santería religion was developed as a result of the African Diaspora.
  • Music in Cuban was largely influenced by West African music.
  • Popular Festivals in Havana, Cuba
    • Havana Jazz festival
    • Havana Carnival
  • The most popular Cuban artist is Afro-Cuban painter/sculpture Manuel Mendive.  Mendive began his career in the early 1960s during a period when dominant Cuban Abstract Expressionism was waning.  This paved new ground by moving beyond the reliance on mainstream western art forms such as Cubism and Surrealism. He is also known for his performance street performances frequently held in Havana, Cuba titled Las Cabezas.  During Las Cabezas, Mendive moves through the streets of Cuba with close to 350 people dancing and wearing masks that resemble his paintings.




Terri Dixon
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  1. The only two clarifications I would make are in response to Santeria. The term “Yoruba” refers to a tribe of people from West Africa, and their language. There is no religion called “Yoruba,” but there are traditional beliefs and religious practices associated with the Yoruba people.

    As for the saints being African spirits, when the religious practices of the Yoruba people mixed with Catholicism and European Spiritism, the saints became associated with the spirits, known as “Orisa/Orisha.” The saints themselves weren’t believed to be the Orisha, but simply representations of them. For example, Santa Barbara/Saint Barbara became associated with Shango/Chango, because of their similarities in color (red and white), and Shango’s symbol of lightning, which is clearly shown in Saint Barbara’s pictures, etc. But they are distinct entities. If the slave-masters had been Hindu, the Orisha might have been syncretized to, or represented by the Hindu deities. It all depended on the religious figures of the group that oppressed them at the time.


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