It belongs to the work my Africa

Iwori Wotura

Everyonel who finds the beauty and doesn't look at it

Soon it will be poor (...)

Ifá says: The beauty and all gender of happiness approach.



The African migratory current in America was forced by the necessity of introducing the manpower that guaranteed the exploitation of the enormous economic resources. the slavery meant the arrival of countless African. The settlers and pro-slavery European they denominated them ebony pieces and ignored that with those men and women that disembarked in America and were subjected to the slavery, a transculturación process was beginning and still continues.

When they entered in Cuba, these powerful African cultures that sustained very complete bonds with the natural environment where they arose, in a historical moment of sedimentation of other migratory cultures (those of the settlers); their traditions begin an invisible and silent influence in the society: a form of life that respected and didn't attack the relationship man-nature-spirituality it would cross the forms of European life that were tried to trace in the colonies and that they were dominant; it would sweeten the flour of indigenous corn, would bring other foods and ways of seasoning them, other forms of enjoying scents and flavors of roots, fruits or meats, it would mark with their pursued rhythms the forms of making music, would enrich the popular beliefs contributing liturgies and theogonies that would expand quickly thanks to that their gods were so near to the human thing, signando the environment that today denominates The Caribbean - and I remind the concepts wide envelope the Caribbean thing that they identify common features from the south of the United States of North America until very boarding schools in Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil -; with the traditions of towns ágrafos that would communicate its wisdom and the teachings of their griots by means of the speech, the song and the music, the religion, the medicine, the hunt, the fishing, the war: the way of life of African nations had reached high development degrees, like it is the case of the towns yorubas. Alive transmission of a culture, and inside all this wealth, the transmission of their vision and plastic representation of the world.

Without rigorous investigations, we all can remember works of art that today is patrimony of the human culture, created by American artists with evident influences of plastic elements of the African cultural context. The Cuban painters' Wifredo Lam works, Ren Portocarrero and José Bedia that are today in important museums of the world, having relating characteristic of the plastic universe of the African cultures.

(2) Iwori Wotura is the name of the Oddú of Ifá that here is exposed. Taken of African anonymous Poetry", Anthology of Rogelio Martínez Furé.

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