ARARÁ Cultural Heritage Practices & Preservation
The Baró family continues to conserve Arará celebrations in Cuba as they were traditionally practiced in their ancestral village in Benin, Africa.
- December 31st and January 1st ~ party for all of the foduce in honor of the advent of the New Year
- August 16th ~ celebration of the fodu of Esteban Baró
- May 22nd ~ party for the ekututo (the deceased ancestors)
- June 18th ~ celebration of the fodu of Miguelina Baró
In these celebrations, the food and animal sacrifices for all of the foduces are maintained according to Arará traditions.
Names of the foduces in Arará:
5. Fudú Masse
Costume colors of the Arará foduces:
1. Jurajó = Black and red costume
2. Ajuagún = Purple and red costume
3. Aggé = Green and white costume
4. Ferequete = Blue costume
5. Fudú Masse = Yellow costume
6. Ajosi = White costume
7. Dalua = Burlap costume with purple sash
8. Gebioso = White and red costume
9. Adaño = Red and Green costume
The drum set is composed of a total of four drums. The drum set integrates three small drums (los tambores chicos), the eldest drum (el tambor mayor), a maraca (maruga / chré), and a bell (campana / ogan).
Authored by: The Baró Family
English Translation: Kiley Acosta, PhD