Santería in the Twenty-First Century

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 in the Twenty-First Century

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This chapter discusses Santería during the twenty-first century. Due to the number of changes experienced by the Yoruban religion in Cuba, it survives and even serves as a vehicle for the retention of aspects of the Yoruban language, mythology, music, and dance within the framework of a partially retained Yoruban worldview. But although Santería was able to break through social, class, and racial boundaries, by the 1950s the followers of Santería were only a small minority in Cuba. However, the religion still exists, and has even demonstrated a flexibility to adjust to different ecosystems and cultural contexts while integrating participants of diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds in the Americas.

Keywords: Santería; changes; retention; Yoruban worldview; boundaries; Americas; twenty-first century; Cuba

Chapter.  8541 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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