Master percussionist and maker of the sacred batá drums Gregorio’Trinidad’ Torregrosa (1893-1977), playing before a set of unfinished drums and shelves housing the consecrated objects that embody his patron spirits. Studying this photograph for clues about the date, and catching glimpses of chromolithographs: on the wall, the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, and above the altar, the Virtues, “Faith, Hope, and Charity”—Ezili Dantor and the Marasa Twa, or Divine Triplets, respectively, for some practitioners of Vodou.

Master percussionist and maker of the sacred batá drums GregorioTrinidad’ Torregrosa (1893-1977), playing before a set of unfinished drums and shelves housing the consecrated objects that embody his patron spirits. Studying this photograph for clues about the date, and catching glimpses of chromolithographs: on the wall, the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, and above the altar, the Virtues, “Faith, Hope, and Charity”—Ezili Dantor and the Marasa Twa, or Divine Triplets, respectively, for some practitioners of Vodou.

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