|Newbie says hi and a question!
||[Sep. 25th, 2009|06:51 pm]
Interfaith art and crafts for religious purposes
Hi everyone! I just found this community and was very glad to have done so. I am a newly-initiated priest of Yemaya Okute in the Afro-Cuban Lucumi/Santeria tradition. I am looking to start a small business selling handmade rosaries dedicated to the Orishas.
A lot of Lucumi folks are attempting to shed the Catholic overlay that has been a major part of Santeria over the years, and I can't honestly say as I blame them. However, I myself am very fond of the saints, and I know there are still a lot of folks out there who incorporate them into their Lucumi/Santeria practice. I thought Orisha rosaries would be a nice way to combine these devotions.
The rosaries will be made up of beads in the colors of the chosen Orisha, with a centerpiece portraying the saint with which the Orisha has been traditionally associated. For example, a Yemaya rosary will consist of blue and white (or clear) beads, with silver findings and a centerpiece of the Virgen de Regla, or perhaps Stella Maris.
And this is where my question comes in. Many of the saints associated with the Orishas are more commonly worshipped in Latin American countries, such as (obviously) Cuba. I am having a heck of a time finding rosary centerpieces dedicated to the Latino saints. I have been able to find La Caridad del Cobre (associated with Oshun) and El Nino de Atocha (Eleggua), but that is about it. Yemaya is connected to La Virgen de Regla, as I mentioned, and also with Stella Maris. Virgen de Regla centerpieces are nowhere to be found (did find some Stella Maris ones). I am also unable to find La Virgen de las Mercedes (Our Lady of Mercy), who is associated with Obatala, or Our Lady of Candelaria, who is often associated with Oya.
Does anyone have any idea at all where I might be able to find Latino saint centerpieces? I have found several medals, which I may end up attaching to the rosaries if I'm unable to find centerpieces. Obviously, cost is a factor as well. I'd like to keep them as inexpensive as I can but still of decent quality.
OH! And Latino saint holy cards as well - does anyone have any resources? I have found a few, but I've a feeling I might be missing something somewhere... I would like to include a holy card along with the rosary.
Many thanks for taxing your patience and picking your brains!
PS: Please check out my blog at http://bovedabeads.blogspot.com