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YORUBA CULTURAL SURVIVAL AND RESISTANCE IN THE AMERICAS THROUGH BELIEFS By Anago James Akeem Osho

YORUBA AND AFRICAN CULTURAL SURVIVAL AND RESISTANCE IN THE AMERICAS THROUGH BELIEFS By Anago James Akeem Osho

The Yoruba Culture has influenced the Culture and Civilization of the Americas and the Caribbean Islands. The Yoruba impact in the Americas proves that Culture is life and Strength. You can call Culture or a peoples way of life ''the Opium''. The African Culture survived in the Americas through the beliefs, resistance, and most importantly the religion of the Black Slaves.



The Yoruba Slaves were sent to British, French, Spanish, and Portuguese Colonies in the Americas. The Yoruba faith is called Santeria in Cuba, Candomble, Yoruba or Sango in Brazil. It is called Orisha or Yoruba in some American countries.

The Yoruba religion was practiced underground by Slave for many generations in Brazil because it was banned by Europeans for fear of rebellion and Magical powers and spells.  The Yoruba African Slave professed allegiance to Catholicism, yet held on to their Ancestral religion.

It was under the shade at Barronquinha that the first participants in the Cults of African gods from Ketu a Yoruba nation met.
The Candomble Yoruba religion in Brazil began with three ladies. Iya Deta, Iya Kala, and Iya Naso. The trio founded the first Candomble called ''Casa Branca''(White house) at Barronquinha.

Latin America is the Africa of the new world. This is evident in the tenacity by which the descendants of the former Black Slaves proudly practice and exhibit their Ancestral  Culture and beliefs. It is publicly pronounced in the numerous festivals and Carnivals that takes place on the Islands and Mainland America.

During these events descendants of former Black African Slaves take the spotlight in the national consciousness of their various Countries. The Yoruba African Culture is the diary and memory of it's past. The Yoruba's kept their history and beliefs in their proverbs, supernatural tales, epic poems, Satires, love-songs, funeral pieces, folktales e.t.c.

Africa's oral literature should be protected, researched and stored for generations yet unborn. In this age of info-tech, everyone who cares to search will have access to these information wherever they may live on earth.

The relationship between Africa and it's descendants in the Americas will be firmly established through a direct air transport from different African countries to the Caribbean and Latin America and vice versa. Cultural exchange programmes should be promoted and encouraged.

The Yoruba Culture is firmly established in Brazil, Haiti, and Cuba. Venezuela despite it's modern lifestyle has great admiration for Yoruba Culture. Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Mexico, United States, Haiti, Surinam, Guiana, Jamaica, Colombia, e.t.c. Still associate with their Yoruba heritage.

Slavery and the Slave trade did not succeed in destroying the brotherhood, language, and religion of the Yoruba's in the Americas.
                                           

                                                       BIBLIOGRAPHY                                                                                                             
1, Pierre Verger, 1968, page 465, Trade relations between the bight of Benin and Bahia 17th-19th Century
2, www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/1322/page9.htm
3, Anago James Akeem Osho, Lekeleke: Folk Stories, Poems, Maxims, and Tourism Adventure Pictures
4, www.anagoadventures.blogspot.com

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