Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – Sunday Outings

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Sunday was family day. Staten Island was Father’s favorite place to go because of the beautiful beaches, plus his good friend, Mr. Frank, had a big home surrounded by a white picket fence, and backyard for us five kids.  

Mr. Frank was a Santero. During WWII, he migrated to Cuba from Germany. His live-in housekeeper was from Haiti. She made the best rosemary fried chicken for us. 

The spiritual rituals, Mr.Frank performed were in the basement. Saintly statues, lit candles, incense, cigars, red and white fabrics, were part of the alter. He was frightening.

We always stayed outside. 

2020©Isadora DeLaVega 

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Genre: Flash Fiction
Word Count: 100
Photo Prompt:©Ted Strutz

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21 August 2020

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The term “Santería” translates into English as the “way of the saints.”[1] This is the most popular name for the religion, although some practitioners consider it offensive and avoid it in favor of alternatives.

Santería developed among Afro-Cuban communities amid the Atlantic slave trade of the 16th to 19th centuries. It formed through the blending of the traditional religions brought to Cuba by enslaved West Africans, the majority of them Yoruba, and Roman Catholicism, the only religion legally permitted on the island by the Spanish colonial government.©wikipedia   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santer%C3%ADa/

Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of whom I am no matter what venue I choose to express it.

50 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Sunday Outings

  1. Good idea to stay outside and away from the frightening man. Nice slice of life, Isadora!

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  2. Yes, staying outside is the right thing! Wonderful story.

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  3. I don’t know. Rosemary chicken can be quite the temptress.

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  4. I like the part “we stayed outside”. Who the heck knows what rituals are going on down there.

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  5. Great story well told. Enjoyed it.

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  6. I’m imagining the kids peeking in through the basement windows to see what Mr. Frank does. Chilling!

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  7. i guess it’s a ritual strictly for adults only. kids better left to play outside. 🙂

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  8. I liked how Mr Franks was frightening, but still you went for the rosemary chicken. My, it must have tasted delicious. I liked the background it shows the variety and richness of real life.

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    • LOL … the food was on the patio. It wouldn’t be as tasty among scary saints, candles and chants. Odd the way kids can remember a small item like an enjoyable food. Thank you for your insightful comment, James. I appreciate it and your visit. Have a wonderful weekend … Be Safe
      Isadora 😎

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  9. Mr Frank does sound pretty intense, I definitely wouldn’t want to visit his basement. I’ve always been surprised at the merging of some religions, like Voodoo and Catholicism, which one wouldn’t necessarily see as being compatible!

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    • The saints are compatible with Catholicism because they believe the saints are protectors. The VooDoo comes from the spells they’re trying to exorcize from the person during the ritual. Either way, religious cults are created by the one who wants the people to follow, based on the fear of evil. Thanks for your thought provoking comment and for visiting. Have a wonderful weekend … Be Safe
      Isadora 😎

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  10. What an intriguing story. If this house could talk. Alt religions fascinate me. Many are misunderstood.

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  11. This was really interesting, thank you. I’d heard of Santeria but didn’t really know what it was or how it originated – sad that it had such terrible origins in the slave trade. That rosemary fried chicken sounds delicious.

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  12. Querida Isadora,

    Mejor quedar afuera entre rituales como ellos. I think I prefer the Biblical version of being born again. 😉 Su cuenta es buen escrito mi amiga.

    Shalom y abrazos,

    Rochelle

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    • Queries Rochelle,
      Como siempre, Gracias. 😊
      Sometimes, kids are unaware of these odd rituals.
      Their innocence forming their own conclusions based on what they’ve seen. I’m pleased you thought it was well written. A page taken from the purple queen of historical facts. Enjoy your weekend 😍
      Abrazos y Carino,
      Isadora 😎

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  13. Glad they kept the children outside! Syncretistic religions always seem to keep the worst of whatever they assimilate.

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  14. Fascinating and scary at the same time.

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  15. Staying outside sounds like altogether the best idea. Sinister one, Isadora.

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    • Well, I hadn’t thought about doing a sinister tale but, yes, I do believe it turned out that way. Children are always sent outside during these rituals. I’ve witnessed a few as an adult. I’m pleased you found it to be different from my usual stories. Be Safe … Isadora 😎

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  16. I would avoid the basement for sure. Great way to show different cultures.

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  17. Love the telling of this from the memory of a child. Beautiful.

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  18. This story has a ring of truth to it, Issy. That rosemary fried chicken sounds really delicious. 🙂

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    • There are a few sprinkles of experiences I had in this tale including the rosemary chicken. Having been a picky eater as a child, everyone was overjoyed that I liked it. I still make it to this day. My mom had the recipe. I’d be glad to share if you’d like it. Thanks, Sylvia. Hope your continuing to stay safe. Issy 😎

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      • Thanks, Issy. Is it made in the oven with chicken breasts covered with garlic and rosemary?

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        • It is made in whatever style you’d like. In my younger days – non-dietary issues: lol – I fried it. Now, I bake or it can be bar b qued in an aluminum pan. The secret is to make it and let it marinate for two days in the fridge. The ingredients are rosemary, garlic(fresh), thyme, basil, oregano, salt, parsley and olive oil. I try to use fresh herbs if I can but dried work just as well. I don’t have measurements. I go by eye. Then, after it’s been in the fridge for 2 days, then you marinate the chicken overnight with the marinade. Good Luck … post a pick if you remember. ~~~ : – )

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  19. I remember a Haitian explainung to me that Haiti was 80% Catholic and 100% voudou. Like santeria and other syncretic religions around the Caribbean, it gets a bad press

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    • Yes, almost all of the Carribbean islands practice some form of occult religions to different degrees. I went to a private Catholic school in a monastary for a year. Although Catholic, many of the spiritual practices were in the midst. Strange for a child to understand. Thanks, Neil. Hope your continuing to Be Safe … Isadora 😎

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