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Worldview, the Orichas, and SanteríaAfrica to Cuba and Beyond$
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Mercedes Cros Sandoval

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813030203

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813030203.001.0001

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Beliefs and Practices of Santería

Beliefs and Practices of Santería

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(p.83) 4 Beliefs and Practices of Santería
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Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería
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Mercedes Cros Sandoval

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813030203.003.0004

This chapter discusses the different beliefs and practices of Santería. The most important belief is in the aché or ashe, which is a supernatural power, universal vibration, and immanent energy. The ashe is assumed to be immanent in all humans and nature. The chapter looks at the hierarchical ordering of power in the ashe and the souls found in every individual (there are at least three). It also notes that the losses experienced by the Yoruban religion while adapting to the reality of Cuba affected the meaning and coherence of some beliefs and practices.

Keywords:   beliefs, practices, Santería, ashe, hierarchical ordering, power, souls, Yoruban religion, supernatural power, immanent energy

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