Speaking of spiritual supplies, botanicas are one-stop spiritual shops that offer everything for the practice of Afro-Cuban Santeria, Haitian voodoo, and Brazilian candomblé
. For the last eight years, Botanica Eleggua in East Oakland has been offering such products as candles, herbs, perfumes, saints in statues, cards, and medallions, and spiritual practices such as cleansings and baths. Owned and operated by Imani Ajaniku, the red-and-white corner store is a striking landmark that serves a vibrant and growing religious community. It specializes in Santeria, which stems from the Yoruba and Lucumi traditions of West Africa. The store itself is a beautiful, almost galleryesque space with its products and altars neatly displayed. With a knowledgeable staff, no question goes unanswered and the aura is magical.