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Christopher Scott Carpenter

Hopelessly Inquisitive Man Currently: Havana, Cuba

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To the man who taught me to seek adventure, cherish knowledge, and value success, happy Father’s Day. • • • • • #happyfathersday #fathersday #loveyoudad #fatherandson at Chefchaouen The Blue Pearl شفشاون الجوهرة الزرقاء

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A Babalawo, high priest of Santería, is an agent of Ifá, a divination system based on the teachings of Orunmila, the orisha (spirit) of wisdom, through which he can ascertain the future. By communicating with Ifá, a Babalawo can discern one’s Ori, or spiritual destiny, and will develop a plan that helps manifest that destiny and achieve the spiritual growth and good character called Iwa Pele. • • • • • #cuba #santeria #exploremore #exploretocreate #createcommune #natgeoyourshot #ig_portrait #portraits_ig #profile_vision #artofvisuals #aov #aovportraits #natgeoadventure #justgoshoot #keepexploring #exploretheglobe #sharetravelpics #cuban #cubano #ig_exquisite #postthepeople #portraiture #bbctravel #natgeotravelpic #lonelyplanet #thediscoverer #sharetravelpics #globe_travel #worldtravelpics #portraits_universe at Guanabacoa, Cuba

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We paid a visit to the Babalawo of Guanabacoa, a high priest of the Santería religion. Santería is a fusion of the Yoruba religion of Nigeria and the Roman Catholicism of the Iberian colonial powers, and it grew and spread among West African slaves in the Caribbean region of the former Spanish Empire; it allowed practitioners to both appease their Catholic overseers and maintain African traditions. While paying my respects to the orisha, or governing spirit of the home, called Eleguá, I received a cleanse: a swirl of Cuban smoke delivered down the back of my neck by the Babalawo himself. Later, while sipping aguardiente and coconut water from the sacred jicara and listening to the rhythms of Afro-Cuban tradition, I did feel different - a version of me borne from smoke. Of course, that could’ve just been the firewater. • • • • • #cuba #santeria #afrocuban #exploremore #passionpassport #bbctravel #natgeotravel #natgeoadventure #travelawesome #travelstoke #religion #orishas #exploretocreate #createexploretakeover #ig_captures #natgeoyourshot #nationalgeographic #thediscoverer #lonelyplanet #worlderlust #wanderlust #adventuretravel #culturetrip #neverstopexploring #traveler #igtravel #cuban #cuba🇨🇺 #livetravelchannel #worldnomads at Guanabacoa, Cuba

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What shines brighter: the lights in the sky, or my love for the woman who inspired me to chase them? Happy Mother’s Day, mom. • • • • • #mothersday #iloveyoumom at Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

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El Museo de la Revolución is a monument to the rebels and free-thinkers behind Cuba’s 1959 communist revolt. Housed inside the former Presidential Palace, the museum presents a complicated identity defined by remarkable contrasts - military tanks lie dormant before the opulent façade, and bullet holes mar the otherwise exquisite marble walls. • • • • • #cuba #havana #passionpassport #ongooglemaps #justgoshoot #buildingporn #classiccars #exploremore #thediscoverer #bbctravel #lonelyplanet #natgeotravel #natgeoyourshot #travelstoke #travelawesome #roamtheplanet #worldplaces #nationaldestinations #travelphotography #marvelous_shots #theglobewanderer #theworldshotz #leagueoflenses #createexploretakeover #lastingvisuals #feedbacknation #thebest_capture #tourtheplanet #streets_vision #instagoodmyphoto at Museo De La Revolución Havana

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