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At the Crossroads
Afro-Cuban Orisha Arts in Miami

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Artists play an essential role in the Orisha community in Miami, where they cater to divine as well as human tastes. Beadworkers, tailors/seamstresses, metalworkers, woodcarvers, and other artists must be well versed in the aesthetic preferences of the individual orishas whom they serve. Gratifying an orisha is an extremely important consideration, since an orishafs pleasure or displeasure with an artwork can have divine influence on the artistfs prosperity in the community. An orisha could gclose the roadsh for the artist! At the same time, the artist must create an item that is aesthetically pleasing both to the olorisha (priest/priestess) who commissioned it and to the community who will frequently see it during ceremonial gatherings. Like the orishas, the community is influential in spreading the word about the artistfs expertise and grace, or lack thereof. The community, too, can be influential in gclosing roads,h if it does not find an artwork appealing and worthy of the orisha for whom it was created.

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