Rites for Changó
Since the arrival of black slaves, mainly African, Cuba began various religious beliefs and syncretisms that over time, colonization and mestizaje, adopted as their own coining Catholic identities.
Changó, Shango (in Yoruba, Sàngó), is the orisha of justice, rays, thunder, and fire. According to this belief He is virile and daring, violent and justiful; punish liars, thieves and evils. Similarly, a house struck by lightning is a house marked by Changó's anger.
In santería syncretiza with Santa Bárbara, next to San Lazaro, who is also worshipped by a crowd at the same time and during the same dates, is one of the most blessed on the island.
On December 4th of every year hundreds of believers pay tribute to him, come to worship him through dances of drums, others offer animals such as rams, mammals and birds. In a rite to Changó can not miss Amalá, made from cornmeal, milk and challbombo, green bananas, wine, roasted corn, barley and canaryseed.
It is common to see on streets, gardeners and in the Caribbean Sea the remains of dead animals offered to Changó. Men and women end their nights in houses or temples celebrating one of the main deities of the Yoruba religion.