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4-29-2020

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With around 500,000 Africans transported across the eastern Atlantic, slave trade to the Spanish Americas reached its first peak in the 17th century. And unknown to the Spaniards, with this peak came the beginning of an Afro-Cuban religion known as Santería. Most of the transported slaves came from west African countries such as Benin, Ghana, and Nigeria. Although to the Spaniards they were seen as just one homogenous group of people, the Africans brought over to the Spanish Americas differed in culture, ethnicity and most importantly language. However, they were able to still connect with each other through their ways of worship and rituals. And thus, Santería was created. Despite starting out as an underground and hidden religion, today an estimated 100 million people practice Santería worldwide. My presentation will explore and present the ways in which the Spanish language of the Spaniard owners and the Yoruba language of the Nigerian slaves were fused together to create Lucumí: the language of the Santerían faith. As a result, this will offer a wider understanding about the influence of language on Santerían rituals and Santería's influence on all Cubans today.

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Apr 29th, 12:00 AM

Combing the Language of the Owner and their Slave to Create Faith: A Look at the Influence of Language in Santería

With around 500,000 Africans transported across the eastern Atlantic, slave trade to the Spanish Americas reached its first peak in the 17th century. And unknown to the Spaniards, with this peak came the beginning of an Afro-Cuban religion known as Santería. Most of the transported slaves came from west African countries such as Benin, Ghana, and Nigeria. Although to the Spaniards they were seen as just one homogenous group of people, the Africans brought over to the Spanish Americas differed in culture, ethnicity and most importantly language. However, they were able to still connect with each other through their ways of worship and rituals. And thus, Santería was created. Despite starting out as an underground and hidden religion, today an estimated 100 million people practice Santería worldwide. My presentation will explore and present the ways in which the Spanish language of the Spaniard owners and the Yoruba language of the Nigerian slaves were fused together to create Lucumí: the language of the Santerían faith. As a result, this will offer a wider understanding about the influence of language on Santerían rituals and Santería's influence on all Cubans today.