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Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería

Mercedes Cros Sandoval

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780813030203
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039565 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813030203.001.0001
Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería

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This introduction to the Afro-Cuban religion called Santería explores how it emerged and developed in Cuba out of transplanted Yoruba beliefs, and continues to spread and adjust to changing times and contexts. Exploring every facet of Santería's worldview, the book examines how practitioners have adapted received beliefs and practices to reconcile them with new environments, from plantation slavery to exile in the United States. Offering a perspective based on a lifetime of research and firsthand knowledge, the book illuminates Santería as a theological system and as a vital, continuously evolving community. The adaptation process that gave birth to Santería was not the singular result of cultural resistance, the book argues, but a successful attempt to find meaning linked to alien religious elements in a way that appealed to a diverse following. Beginning with the transatlantic history of how Yoruba traditions came to Cuba and were established and adapted to Cuban society, the book provides a comparison of Yoruba and Cuban mythologies, followed by an overview of how Santería has continued to diffuse and change in response to new contexts and adherents—with an illuminating perspective on Santería among Cubans in Miami.

Keywords: Afro-Cuban; religion; Santería; Cuba; Yoruba; theological system; mythologies

Book.  400 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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The Origins of Santería/Regla Lucumí in Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería

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Beliefs and Practices of Santería in Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería

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Priesthood in Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería

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Illness and Death in Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería

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Santería's Rituals in Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería

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Oracles in Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería

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Conclusion to Part 1 in Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería

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