Mata Siguaraya

by Francisco G. Gómez In Cuba the Yoruba of West Africa are known as Lucumí. The Yoruba were brought as slaves to the island of Cuba in the nineteenth century during the Middle Passage. They are the descendants of diviners … Continue reading

The Medicinal and Spiritual Properties of Passion Fruit

by Francisco G. Gómez Passiflora edulis, better known as Passion Fruit, is one of the most beautiful plants I have ever had the pleasure of caring for and using medicinally.  People who grew/grow up in the Caribbean use this plant … Continue reading

Raíces Cultural Center Receives Arts Grant to Continue Annual Cultural Legacy Festival

The new year has brought Raíces Cultural Center news of being awarded a program grant from the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission to continue the annual Raíces Cultural Legacy Festival. The 2013 Cultural Legacy Festival will celebrate art, music, dance, culture … Continue reading

Of Gurus and Harvests

It took only two short years to make a Pachamama believer out of me. Not being one to seek out sages, gurus or other learned individuals who seem to be in abundance today, a very young person who sought learning … Continue reading

RAÍCES CULTURAL CENTER RECEIVES GRANT: THE SPIRIT OF THE HISPANO-AFRO-CARIBBEAN DANCE, SONG AND DRUM

The Spirit of the Drum has travelled from Africa to the Caribbean to the US and is now alive in Middlesex County.  Raíces Cultural Center, A NJ Nonprofit Corporation has received a MINI grant from the Middlesex County Cultural and … Continue reading