The Spanish conquistadors imposed their culture and of course their religion, Catholicism. With the backing of colonial authorities, for a long time Catholicism was the official and exclusive religion of the territory.<br />THE CATHOLIC CHURCH<br />
Due to the arrival on the island of hundreds of slaves from Africa various religious manifestations were introduced. The original African religions were modified by the conditions in Cuba and submitted to cultural involution. Many of the African precepts mixed with those of Catholicism, resulting in a symbiosis which has lasted to the present day. <br />
Olofi- God<br />Elegguá- San Antonio de Padua<br /> Obatalá-Virgen de las Mercedes<br /> Yemayá- Virgen de Regla<br /> Oshún-Virgen de la Caridad<br /> Changó-Santa Barbará<br /> Oggun-San Pedro<br /> Babalú ayé-San Lázaro<br /> Agayu- San Cristóbal<br /> Orula-San Francisco.<br /> Oshosi-San Norberto.<br /> Oya-Santa Teresa<br /> Santería = Catholicism<br />
The leaders of santería are santeros (babalochas) and santeras (iyalochas), with other secondary leaders and functions. The most systematized and complex form of this religion is the cult of ifá, the deity whose main attribute is divination, sustained by the maximum religious authorities, the babalawos.<br />
Another african religion, based in western cuba, is abakuá, a secret society for men only.<br />In successive groups of africans torn from their homeland to serve as slaves became the dahomey and togo, and also practices voodoo.<br />Buddhist associations<br />Zen Buddhism<br />Spiritualism<br />Judaism<br />Anothers religions in Cuba are<br />
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