The Yoruban Background of Santería/Regla Lucumí

Mercedes Cros Sandoval

in Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780813030203
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039565 | DOI:
The Yoruban Background of Santería/Regla Lucumí

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This chapter gives a general overview of the history of the Yoruban people. It begins with a description of the successful explorations of the Portuguese of the West African Coast. It then looks at the Yoruban society as a whole, from their language to their religious beliefs and practices, such as the occasional human sacrifices. The chapter ends with a discussion on the Yoruban ethos and worldview, which were no longer in accord with dramatically altered socioenvironmental conditions in a new setting.

Keywords: history; Yoruban people; explorations; Portuguese; society; language; religious beliefs; practices; ethos; worldview

Chapter.  6596 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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