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Oracles

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813030203.003.0008
Oracles

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This chapter discusses the oracles of Santería, who represent the process of divination. They are the means by which followers learn the wishes, recommendations, recriminations, and desires of the orichas and of the dead. The followers strongly believe that consulting the orichas will allow them to learn measures that should be taken to preserve or restore health, and to keep, regain, or acquire anything that would make life more enjoyable.

Keywords: oracles; Santería; divination; orichas; dead

Chapter.  8802 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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