The Fiesta of the Kinfuiti en Mariel, Cuba

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A Photo Feature by Elio Delgado Valdés

HAVANA TIMES — Cuba’s Saint Anthony of Padua or Kinfuiti festivities are a religious celebration organized in the town of Pueblo Nuevo, Quiebra Hacha, Mariel.

The tradition is maintained by the Robaina, Sandoval, Pedro Cuesta, Lasa and Larrinaga families, descendants of several communities of African slaves (chiefly of the Conga and Lucumi tribes) which inhabited the region during colonial times.

elio1Since their creation, the festivities have been held every year on June 12-13. An important cultural event in our country, these religious festivities are the only living trace of the Bantu culture we know of in Cuba and constitutes a unique phenomenon, on the island and around the world.

elio3The photographs below are meant to afford our readers a glimpse at the rituals practiced during these festivities, recently staged at Havana’s Africa Museum.

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One thought on “The Fiesta of the Kinfuiti en Mariel, Cuba

  • August 20, 2013 at 10:54 am
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    Me gusta, pero no es correcto sentado que este festival es el único vestigio de las tradiciones bantúes en Cuba. En realidad, las tradiciones bantúes superan los yoruba en la sociedad cubana. Es simplemente, que los yorubas llama más la atención popular. Diversas tradiciones de Las Reglas de Congo, también conocida como Palo existe. Kimbisa, a menudo, pero no siempre se considera una parte de Palo, es la expresión religiosa “por excelencia’ de Cuba, y se basa en gran medida en las raíces bantúes. La lingüística criolla Congo se utiliza en la religión Palo y hay muchas más palabras de origen bantú en español cubano que la de cualquier otro idioma africano. Además, hay un fuerte componente bantu en la Rumba, y quizás el más famoso exportación de Cuba, sustambores, se les llama “Congas” por una razón.

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