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Throne for Ochun

Throne for Ochun

Throne for Ochun, Matanzas, Cuba, August 2003, built on the occasion of a priest receiving cuchillo (the ceremonial knife) and playing a violin for her Ochun. The dress in which she was presented to the sacred drums was included as part of the throne. What looks like a shawl is actually the veil she wore under her crown (in Matanzas the ceremonial dress for female Orishas, regardless of whether the initiate is male or female, includes a veil worn beneath the crown. This tradition possibly stems from the identification of many of the female Orishas with a variety of Virgins in the Catholic Church, who are usually depicted with veils.).