Almost all the ramas or branches of the religion were founded by women. Is your Santería lineage La Pimienta? Then look no further than Aurora Lamar (Obá Tolá) who lived in a huge house in the Barrio Ataré (ataré is pepper in Lucumí) which doubled as a brothel. She is credited with having hundreds, if not thousands, of godchildren and her fame for allowing her godchildren to pay in installments for their initiations gained her the nickname “La China del Ten Cent” Or the Chinese (appearing person) of the Ten Cent Plan. Her Godfather Jose “Pata de Palo” Urquiola (Echu Bí) brought this branch of the religion from Matanzas. The ultimate root of this rama was thought to have been the priestess Ña Belén Gonzales (Apoto), but new evidence suggests that Apoto may have been initiated by one Ña Caridad (Aigoró)*. Several colorfully named branches come from this line susch as the “Trapito” branch, as well as the ramas called “Culo Verde” or Green Ass (a nickname for people coming from the sticks, implying a country bumpkin). The Las Pirañas branch descend from this line as well.