Lydia Cabrera

27 Dec Lydia Cabrera

Lydia Cabrera (1899-1991) is the all-time most prominent scholar on Afro-Cuban religions, folklore, rituals myths & traditions. Her book El Monte (The Wilderness) in 1954, is THE reference work for santería, & other related cults such as Regla de Ochá, Ifa cult & Palo Monte. She conducted first-hand research on the oral transmission of stories & practices by interviewing priests called santeros, babalaos or paleros. Her father was a wealthy entrepreneur who founded La Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País in the 18th Century & the literary journal Cuba y América, where Lydia first wrote before studying art in Paris. She left for exile in 1960.


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