THE KING DOES NOT LIE

shango

CREDITS

A production Ethnos – Judith Gleason
A documentary by Judith Gleason e Elisa Mereghetti
Consultant: Yrmino Valdez Garriz
Photography: Marco Mensa
Length: 40
Year of production: 1992

Broadcast: MIXER – RAIDUE

 

Filmed in Puerto Rico, the documentary shows the initiation of a Santeria practitioner. This Afro-Caribbean religion derived from Yoruba tradition is widely practiced, especially in Cuba and in Puerto Rico. Through the initiation ceremony the adept develops a direct correspondence with Shango, thunder god, owner of the sacred drums. Sacred stones are washed in leafy waters for ritual purification. On the third day the community gathers to witness the divination session in which the initiate receives his new name, “Oba Ko Puro,” which in the Yoruba language means “The King Does Not Lie.”