By Sarah Marsh
HAVANA, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Priests from Cuba's Afro-Cuban faith forecast a halcyon
2017 in their Raw Year's prophecy and told Cubans to be aspirant despite the economical and dialogue headwinds the Caribbean island-country faces.
The ritual-filled Santeria religion, which fuses antediluvian African beliefs brought to Cuba by slaves with Catholicism, is skilful by millions of Cubans, many of whom eagerly expect for direction
from its period of time prefigure.
"This (reading) forecasts a favorable development from the point of view of economic management," priest Lazaro Cuesta, clothed in T. H. White as a symbolization of purity, told a newsworthiness league in Capital of Cuba on Tues.
That foreshadow contrasted with Chairperson Raul Castro's grim delineation of the economy finally week. He told the Interior Meeting place that Cuba entered a recessional close year in tandem bicycle with the crisis in Venezuela, a primal ally, although the economy power eke extinct growth in 2017.
It as well flew in the aspect of darker prophecies in Holocene age. The Santeria priests, known as babalawos, had predicted an detonation in migration and mixer ferment in 2015 and 2016.
Asked nearly the hereafter of U.S.-Cuban dealings tending U.S. President-elect Donald Trump
's scourge to ending the callow detente, Cuesta exploited an picture to evoke both sides would keep on to talk terms.
Cuesta said the ruling Yoruba god Oggun, god of iron, tools and weapons, would purpose his machetes to shorten downhearted the plants preventing communication.
"Independently of the instability anyone might feel, of the political happenings in the world, the letter of the year gives the Cuban people, and the world, hope," he aforementioned.
"If we are capable of hearing, expressing, understanding, contributing, the results without doubt will arrive."
The babalawos suggested santeria devotees fall apart white, fend off the inordinate intake of alcohol, and remuneration attention to imaginable acts of depravity.
They well-advised following to protect coastal areas from waste material and to encourage economical and sociocultural exchanges between countries.
Senior babalawo Bebo Padron aforementioned this year's prophecy called for Cubans to unite, potentially a character reference to confrontation to the country's government and those who hold emigrated.
Two of the sestet slogans for 2017 Chosen by the faith were "Only one king governs a people" and "no hat can be more famous than a crown".
Santeria followers bear believed their gods were on the side of the Cuban revolution ever so since a Elwyn Brooks White peacenik landed on the berm of belatedly radical leader Fidel Castro during a triumph oral communication in Havana. (Coverage by Sarah Marsh; Editing by Saul Simao)