Santería's Rituals

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:
Santería's Rituals

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This chapter discusses the different rituals of Santería and some of the components of the religion, such as temples, sacrifices, and religious images. It is noted that despite adverse circumstances, the Afro-Cubans were able to preserve and transmit complex symbolic rituals, engage ritual music and dancing, and esoteric songs and prayers. It also discusses the fact that the degree of professionalism in rituals, music, and divination is the main indication that the santeros are well-trained priests.

Keywords: rituals; Santería; temples; sacrifices; religious images; symbolic rituals; esoteric songs; prayers; ritual music; santeros

Chapter.  3889 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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