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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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(p.181) 11 Orishas/Orichas
Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería

Mercedes Cros Sandoval

University Press of Florida

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

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