Illness and Death

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:
Illness and Death

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This chapter discusses beliefs regarding illness and death. The believers of Santería think that arun or disease is actually caused by both natural and supernatural factors. Santeros and santeras generally recommend their patients to see a physician about any ailment, but flowers, herbs, twigs, and leaves are still an intrinsic part of the philosophy of Santería. Death, on the other hand, is believed to live in cemeteries and even empty bottles. This chapter looks at the realm of the dead and other practices involving death, as well as some notable treatments of disease.

Keywords: illness; death; Santería; arun; realm of the dead; treatments of disease

Chapter.  2109 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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