Caridad is a 33-year-old teacher who lives in Los Angeles. Were you raised in a religious tradition? Not really. If anything, Buddhist. My grandma was a white Jewish lady who converted to Buddhism when she married my grandpa, a Japanese guy. She actually became a Zen priest herself later in life. In the Kalama Sutta, the Buddha discouraged blind dogma to any tradition—including Buddhism—so my family is very supportive of my religious choice.
When and how did you get interested in Santeria? My late teens. I learned about it because of a project I did in community college in Oakland, a class called “Art and Thought in [...]