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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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Oracles

Oracles

Chapter:
(p.120) 8 Oracles
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Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería
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Mercedes Cros Sandoval

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813030203.003.0008

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

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