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:

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This chapter discusses the powerful trend in Santería towards the need of initiates for the priesthood to go through further training and to acquire further powers by receiving new orichas. This trend might be the result of the ritualistic emphasis in Santería. Ritualism requires that priests learn to master extremely complicated procedures, to learn the many ingredients needed to perform ceremonies, and to consecrate amulets and other religious items. A number of controversies between the santeros and babalaos are also discussed.

Keywords: trend; Santería; priesthood; training; orichas; ritualism; procedures; controversies; santeros; babalaos

Chapter.  6000 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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