From the mid 16thÂ to the mid 19th century, Cuba received hundreds of African-native slaves who brought their culture and beliefs with them. Coming from the current Nigeria, the most influential religionÂ was Yoruba.
Their deities or Orishas got equated withÂ catholic saints, creating soÂ a local religious sincretism.
Amongst the various afro-cuban religions, the most widely spread is SanterÃa or Regla de Ocha.
From the period of the Spanish colony, it had been hidden or or forbidden. Since the arrival of the socialist system, it has enjoyed an unprecedented growth.