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Orishas/Orichas

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/9780813030203.003.0012
Orishas/Orichas

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Orishas were identified with Catholic saints and are commonly worshipped by the inhabitants of the neighborhood of a city, by the whole city, or by a district formed by several towns and cities. The orishas are also considered to be the lesser divinities of the Yoruban pantheon and are immortal beings who are generally the personification of the forces of nature. This chapter discusses the distinction made by the Yoruba between the supernatural nature of the orishas and the human nature of deified ancestors.

Keywords: orishas; Catholic saints; lesser divinities; Yoruban pantheon; forces of nature; dintinction; supernatural nature; human nature; deified ancestors

Chapter.  2353 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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