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Learning about Santeria in Cuba

Ceramic pots representing the many gods of the Santeria religion, on display at the Yoruba Cultural Center in Havana.
Mary Clark Traveler Blog (http://thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)
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Ceramic pots representing the many gods of the Santeria religion, on display at the Yoruba Cultural Center in Havana.

Santeria, or "devotion to Saints," is a practice still utilized in Cuba. Originating from Cuban slaves' African heritage, it is a blending of Yoruba mythology mixed with Christianity. Orichas (deities) are paired with Catholic Saints to form this meld of beliefs, known as religious syncretism.

Mary learned much about the practice of Santeria during a recent trip to Havana, Cuba.

To see a transcript, and additional photos, visit the Mary Clark Traveler Blog.

Mary Clark Traveler is heard Tuesday afternoons at 4:50 or 5:50 during All Things Considered on KETR.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Matt moved to the Sulphur Springs area in 1990 and settled in Commerce shortly thereafter. Having dreamed of working in radio since childhood, he began working at KETR while taking Radio-Television courses at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1993. Matt has transitioned from a part-time worker and pupil of KETR, to the station’s Chief Announcer/Producer and supervisor of student broadcasters. A familiar voice of 88-9 KETR, Matt has hosted such shows as The Late Nite Lion, and can currently be heard as host of Notably Texan.
Mary Walker Clark is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston Law School. She practiced law in Paris, Texas for 29 years before retiring to pursue her lifelong passion for traveling. Besides writing a travel column for the Paris News, Mary maintains her travel blog, MaryClarkTraveler.com, and spends hours planning the next trip. Her interest in public speaking led her to radio with its magical ability to promote storytelling without all of the visuals. Through her experiences and words, Mary takes you with her to Vietnam, New Zealand, Guatemala, Tunisia, and many other countries as well destinations in Northeast Texas and the United States.
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