Santeria is a religious manifestation, which recognizes the direct contact of human beings with their ancestors and with forces of nature. It contains two basic concepts: Ache and ebbo. Ache is divine power. By mediating through Ache, anything imaginable is possible. All the ceremonies and rituals are made to obtain this divine power of the Orishas. With Ache all the problems can be solved and any kind of obstacle can be overcome. Ebbo is the sacrifice by which Orishas can free the person from diseases, witchcraft, and prison. Ebbo could be gifts to the Orishas such as flowers, fruits, candles or favorite dishes of the Orishas. According the Yorubas, the universe is divided into two forces. One is dominated by the Orishas and good and the other is dominated by “ajogun” and evil forces.
The word “Santeria” means cult of the saints. Santeria was born from the mixture of African religion “Regla Ocha de los Yorubas” and the practice of the Catholic faith. Spanish Catholics baptized the African slaves into Catholicism, but the Yorubas maintained their beliefs by hiding their Gods and letting the Spanish think that they were worshipping the Catholic’s saints. These acts brought about the union or fusion of two religions into one in between the Catholic and the African religions. The African slaves identified each saint from the Catholic religion with the Orisha gods according to their similarities.
The Orishas are the emissaries of Olodumare or God almighty. They rule over the forces of nature and the endeavors of humanity. They recognize themselves and are recognized through their different numbers and colors which are their marks, and each has their own favorite foods and other things which they like to receive as offerings and gifts.The Orishas are often best understood by observing the forces of nature they rule over. Although they are complex, but no more so than any other living being such as you or I.
This exhibit/event will be organized and curated by Helene Ruiz, founder of The Urban Individualists, a multi-media artist collective and will be co-curated by fellow artist/curator and poet Ms.Mia Roman-Hernandez This exhibit will open in Richmond Virginia for the month of October 2010 at THE ELLEGBA FOLKLORE SOCIETY 101 East Broad Street Richmond, Va 23219 804-644-3900. OPENING RECEPTION October 1st, 2010 7-10pm
The Urban Individualists (UI) is an artists’ collective born from the vision of Helene Ruiz, an artist who resides in and works out of her apartment. This collective represents a multicultural and multi media network of artists cohesively working as a unit. Urban Individualists members are artists based in national and international locations. These artists work collaboratively to create new art works, develop exhibitions and events, increase the presence of underrepresented artists, create collaborative opportunities between various creative disciplines across geological barriers, and direct artists to available resources. Artists in this exhibit are both from UI members, their affiliates and locally recruited artists.
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