An Altar in Santeria


(Before anyone goes having a cow, this is not a discussion on religion, this is purely from a design and cultural standpoint.) I walked by this house in Trinidad, Cuba and saw an eerie doll in a chair in the middle of a solitary room, so of course, me being me, I said "Ooh, interesting! Let's go in!"

Above is a typical altar dedicated to one of many 'santos' (spirits/saints) in Santeria, in this case Yemaya, who governs the oceans and serves as the main centerpiece. A LOT of thought and time goes into creating these meticulously designed altars –  flowers, coconuts, embellishments, mantel pieces, paintings on the walls, etc.  Each piece means something.. Did you notice the HUGE anchor on the floor? I thought the altar was quite beautiful and I don't think you necessarily even need to understand what you're looking at to appreciate the artistry of it. (although it helps :-)


Envy is the soul of cowards.

..And away we went to shop in the market..

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21 comments:

SeaofGirasoles said...

interesting,thank you for sharing

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Meghan @ My Wishful Thinking said...

Gorgeous photos Lorena! You always manage to capture the mood of the place! Is it just me or is the doll a little creepy?

Villa Bisono said...

This is quite interesting and mysterious...for some reason it intrigues me and makes me want to learn more about this. The altar is beautiful( like u said, with a design standpoint). It reminds me a bit of that movie Skeleton Key with the santeria.

Stephanie said...

THE LAST PIC ITS AMAZING!

Swirls of Happy said...

Dolls always creep me out too. Ha. I LOVE all the pics you took. I just studied world religions last semester and I have such a fascination of how vastly different some many cultures (and religions) are, so this post was great.

LORENA said...

@ Meghan - Agreed, creepy, lol, that's why I said it looked eerie int the beginning of the post.. that's what first caught my eye..

@ Villa Bisono - I only saw parts of the Skeleton Key but I remember something about that kind of stuff.. Thing with those movies is that they always get it all wrong cuz they don't know what the F' they're talking about!.. LoL.. They portray it to be something it totally is not.. But I do still wanna see that film :-) And that old one from the 80's Serpent and the Rainbow!

–Lorena

Trashy Decor said...

Oh wow! Gorgeousness! I adore all of these pictures. I think other cultures are fascinating. How amazing to appreciate all of the beauty and difference in each one close up and personal. You have a fabulous life and I admire that you are living your dream.

xo!

LORENA said...

Thank you so much!

Jessie said...

The doll looked a little creepy but it definitely caught my attention because the altar is just so intriguing and fascinating. Thank you for sharing, Lorena!

Jessie
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Marjorie Rose said...

This is breathtakingly beautiful. I especially love the quote. It's so very true.

travelkate said...

You have such a great eye! The photography is beautiful!

Alina said...

wow
do u travel 365 days in a year? ) lol

thediplomaticwife said...

Very interesting indeed! Thanks for sharing Lorena! I admire you artistic point of view!

LORENA said...

@ Alina - I wish!.. LoL.. I go away for anywhere between a few days to 2 months and try to cover as much as humanly possible. By the end of the 2 months I'm a hot mess and need to come home to rest straight away!..Lolol..

@ Diplomatic Wife - Thank you!

Anna Bonfiglio said...

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Louise Cecilie said...

Really nice blog!! :D

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VLM. said...

Great post, love the pics! Stop by some time!
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Giada said...

I love so much your pics!

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C. aka Blunt Cookie said...

Ah, the depths and complexities that so few understand.

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Marj Travel Experiences | (Marj) Marjolyn Lago said...

This is incredibly beautiful :) I think that it's very common in some place to have an altar, which symbolizes their religion. By looking at these images it symbolizes catholic religion. :) Sorry i hope you're not offended but yes you are also right purely a design and cultural standpoint. I really like these images especially with you in it :) Marj Travel Experiences

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

My god these pictures are amazing! I miss Cuba so so so much.

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