La Habana / El Rincón
Havana, Cuba, December 17, 2004. A Cuban worshiper on the way to the church of El Rincón. Every year on 17th of December thousands of religious people from around the country make the pilgrimage to the modest church of El Rincón about 25 km south of the capital Havana. They honor Babalú Ayé, the powerful and miraculous Santería deity of sickness and healing, also known as San Lázaro for Catholics. Most pilgrims pray for health and prosperity, some have to fulfill vows made to Babalú Ayé. They crawl, roll or walk on their knees from a certain distance to the church, other pilgrims carry a heavy stone or a cross with them.