Cubans


are Hispanics, of course, and 40 years of socialism have not completely erased the traditional Hispanic values that have always held. In fact, there is evidence that the Cuban brand of socialism has been tailored somewhat to complement, or at least not to confront directly, the traditional values. Cuban Hispanics, however, has always been tempered by influences from its Black community, and many of these influences have been given pride of place by the socialist government in fulfillment of its aim to equalize the citizenry of Cuba. In short, can’t, and should not, be thought of as another group of undifferentiated Hispanics. There are differences within any national Hispanic group and ...

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Their negative view may be amplified by their economic situation. They may be living in poor areas, going to poorer schools, and at the same time being bombarded by advertising and an unbelievable array of consumer goods.
Cuba is traditionally a Catholic country, but its Catholicism is much modified and influenced. A much stronger religious force is Santeria. Santeria developed out of the traditions of the Yoruba, one of the African peoples who were imported to Cuba during the 16th through 19th centuries to work on the sugar plantations. Santeria blends elements of Christianity and West African beliefs and as such made it possible for the slaves to retain their traditional beliefs while appearing to practice Catholicism. Santeria's believe in one God, but also in saints or spirits known as orishas. These orishas are believed to be able to intervene on one's behalf as Catholic saints can. Santeria's also believe that ritual devotions involving musical rhythms, offerings of ...

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