Discover the lesser known traditions and beliefs of Cuba. This book represents an extraordinary raised-relief map of the people and hidden customs that exist in Cuba. Here you will find things outside of the normal tourist agenda: Satanism in Havana, conversations with a Mayan priestess, and learn about the last practitioners of a religion that believes water is god. You will walk through caverns, ramble through cities facing drought and hurricanes, and traverse swamps by the side of reckless alligator hunters. This work has received international awards and acknowledgements. The book approaches the island from an unconventional and surprising point of view.
About the Author:
René de Jesús Peña González (photographer)
René de Jesús Peña González is a Cuban photographer currently living in Havana. His work has been in many national and international expositions including in Spain and in the United States (Seattle, Pennsylvania and New York). He was born in Havana in 1957 and studied languages, French and English, in the University of Havana where he completed his degree in English. He is a self-taught photographer and started using his parent’s camera when he was eight years old. His work centers on the basic human duality, the individual trying to have his own identity but not being able to escape his social group. His photographs are characterized by the strong contrast between black and white, between subject and the background and the subject and an object.