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Babalú-Ayé’s secret
Babalú-Ayé’s secret
Mariachis and philosophy
 
 

Babalú-Ayé's secret
TXT: PEDRO JUAN GUTIÉRREZ PHOTO: ROLANDO PUJOL

The moral of Saint Lazarus’s story is very clear: he who neglects his family to consort with street women in bars and dives will get sick, become a leprous beggar and die abandoned and alone. But even this lost, rejected wretch can be saved by a belief in God and in Jesus, his son.
That is the basic crux of the matter. If the cap fits, wear it. I think the story is a universal one. Who hasn’t been tempted to paint the town red with lots of women? Let he who is free of sin cast the first stone. And let’s be fair… there are many, many women too tempted by all kinds of sexual practices, whether in groups of swingers or with somewhat more discretion.
I’ve got enough stories to fill a succulent book with a thousand or more pages. Just with lusty, sinful women. And not only Cubans, of course. From Danish women, Spanish women and chinless Austrians to Italians, Dutch, Germans, Mexicans and a very long etcetera. Sometimes I laugh to myself thinking about these adventures and of how tasty the book would be and above all how very didactic. And my woman who doesn’t trust her own shadow asks: “What are you thinking about that’s making you laugh?” And I go, “Oh, I dunno…nothing.”
We human beings always need to test the unknown, to venture just a little bit further. And we allow ourselves to be tempted. This keenness to break through the final barrier is inherent to human nature. We have to break with routine and try something different...

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