Tarot Lukumi

February 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Lukumi Tarot is unmistakably the work of Luigi Scapini. His wild, colourful style is perfectly suited to the wild and colourful world of Cuban Santeria on which this deck is based. His ability to depict movement in still images works wonders here – the deck almost seems to be dancing at times, its leggy characters caught up in the rhythms of invisible drummers.

Without any knowledge of Santeria, would-be readers will probably struggle to make sense of the deck’s non-traditional imagery – even though many cards (particularly the Majors) do bear some of the Rider-Waite-Smith’s familiar markings. But if you’re looking for a deck to get your teeth into and you love to learn new things, the Lukumi will keep you busy for weeks, endlessly researching Gods, orishas, and the rich, complicated history of this fascinating religion.

You can order the Lukumi Tarot here.

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