Beliefs and Practices of Santería

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:
Beliefs and Practices of Santería

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This chapter discusses the different beliefs and practices of Santería. The most important belief is in the aché or ashe, which is a supernatural power, universal vibration, and immanent energy. The ashe is assumed to be immanent in all humans and nature. The chapter looks at the hierarchical ordering of power in the ashe and the souls found in every individual (there are at least three). It also notes that the losses experienced by the Yoruban religion while adapting to the reality of Cuba affected the meaning and coherence of some beliefs and practices.

Keywords: beliefs; practices; Santería; ashe; hierarchical ordering; power; souls; Yoruban religion; supernatural power; immanent energy

Chapter.  4374 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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