E7: Duendes

Have you ever been to a place, maybe a forest or secluded beach, and been overwhelmed by a feeling of otherworldliness? Like the space around you was both of and separate from our world? I have, and it’s a feeling I try to hold on to when it happens. But, what if during these moments […]

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E6: Sirenas

Thanks to Disney, most people imagine mermaids as beautiful humanoids, with human upper bodies and beautiful fish tails, who rescue humans and sing with all their sea-dwelling friends. But mermaids, called sirenas in Spanish, have historically been much darker. In this episode, we cover several mermaid legends from Latin America: Iara, ipupiara, El Hombre Caiman, […]

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E5: La Gritona

​Content warning: this episode includes violence, torture, sexual assault, suicide, ableist language, and child murder.  ​Imagine walking home after Mass on Good Friday in the lovely town of Seborucal, near Remedios, Cuba. You and your family are chatting, perhaps planning your Easter dinner. Suddenly, a loud scream cuts through the night. The sound sends adrenaline […]

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E2: Santeria, Part Two

Hello, cafecitos! Santeria Part 2 aired Friday, September 17. We discussed some more specific aspects of Lucumi practice, including initiation, rituals, and sacrifices. We also discussed the padrino-godchild relationship, which is the central relationship within the practice. Researching this episode was so much fun. I learned so much and actually got to interview a very […]

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