African and indigenous elements comprise the iconic Cuban cigar @empress01_shabinla blazing one up. • • Tobacco is the indigenous element in the predominant Afrodescended religions in Cuba.The indigenous Taínos were the first to take tobacco leaves, roll them, and smoke them. Tobacco is used for cleansing, to open portals and necessary in Spiritualism for being in communication with the divine, whether our ancestors, eggun, and Orisha. • • #taino#eggun
In a another life, this man, Sergio, and I would probably be the best of friends. He is a second generation tobacco farmer. Here he is demonstrating how he hand rolls organic cigars in his tobacco drying barn made of royal palm leaves. No machinery involved in the rolling or farming process. I have the utmost respect for this family’s farm and craft. . . . . . #vinales#cuba
En el campo cubano 🇨🇺 We spent a few peaceful days in a ☕, rum and cured tobacco (fermented in a mix of cinnamon, honey and rum) haze. Jose-Luis, our host, taught us about his craft, farming without pesticides and with a lot of love. There are no machines on his finca, just hard work and collaboration.