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Cuba's Santeria Faithful Ask For Prosperous 2014 (PHOTOS)

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SANTERIA NEW YEARS 2013
Dionisia Imeli Rosendo, 60, dances during a ceremony honoring Eshu-Elegbara, the deity associated with markets and commerce, and protector of the universe at the Cuatro Caminos market in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Cuban followers of the Santeria faith gathered at Havana's most important market to sing ceremonial songs in the Yoruba language and spit rum at a 2-foot-tall statue of Eshu-Elegbara, to give thanks for the year?s blessings and ask for prosperity in 2014. (AP Photo/Franklin R | ASSOCIATED PRESS

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban followers of the Santeria faith are singing, beating sacred drums and sacrificing animals to give thanks for the year's blessings and ask for prosperity in 2014.

About 200 people thronged Havana's most important market, Cuatro Caminos, on Monday.

They sang ceremonial songs in the Yoruba language and spat rum at a 2-foot-tall (60-centimeter) statue of Eshu-Elegbara, the deity associated with markets and commerce and also a protector of the universe.

Two goats and two roosters were slaughtered and their blood used to bathe the icon. Worshippers also left offerings of coconut, watermelon, candy and flowers.

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