Santería's New Ways and Current Trends

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 New Ways and Current Trends

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This chapter discusses some of the factors contributing to the observable trends in Santería. These factors are individualism, technicalism and professionalism, the opportunities for leadership in the priesthood, openness, and even the tensions between the babalaos and the oriatés. The rest of the chapter is focused on the trends of Afro-centrism and the issue of syncretism.

Keywords: factors; observable trends; Santería; individualism; technicalism; professionalism; priesthood; tensions; Afro-centrism; syncretism

Chapter.  5534 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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