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Each historical period corresponds to a particular way of thinking, this can serve as a tool to explain some of the manifestations of our culture which have become heritage.

La Sabana, Northwest neighborhood in Madruga, arises from the abolition of slavery; this huge mass of dispossessed brought their mythologies, among these, that of the Papa Oro.

Its inhabitants agree that it is a huge pestle; If we theorize about its denomination we can make it coincide with the transit that took place in many of the African communities at the time of trafficking and patriarchy and the role of the father figure in their cultures.

Its longevity, given the powers it has to guarantee eternity, has given him with thick and golden scales as this metal, significant of wealth and pattern for exchange.

For many, their domains cannot be broken, for others, if it is on the warpath; in this way it is presented to us, as generous, a expression of the blacks’ sociability, mentioned by Fernando Ortiz.

Tradition says that the inhabitants of a house in the neighborhood took food from the population to make the offerings. No matter what it was. The same was flour that some delicacy they put it into a hole built in the vicinity of the house where they would go in the evening to taste it.

Only in La Sabana, extensive area and marginalized in relation to the town center, at a later date to 1886, appeared the conditions for its promotion.

Its robustness, the quality of transformation in any species, like the legendary Makandal, masterfully revealed by Carpentier, reaffirm its African roots, that remarkable part of which the Cuban nation is made up.

From Havana and Güines people arrive at the scene, apparently in a date freely selected, which along with some neighbors made the deserved offerings making firm a tradition that lasts for more than a century and along with others make this space a cultural source.

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