When staying in Cuba for a month early 2014 I used to talk an almost daily walk to the same rocky beach. There I would always find the odd dead chicken or some flowers lying around – I assumed people had had a barbeque and a good party to go with it. There would every day be new chickens though so when one day I also found a goats head I started asking around and found out these were the result of animal sacrifices.
For me the sacrifices just have a certain beautiful mystery to them as I wonder what was asked of the Orisha‘s in return for these offerings.
* some deny it’s a mix and say the Catholic bit is just the veil, but not really part of the religion as such