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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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Santería in the Twenty-First Century

Santería in the Twenty-First Century

(p.323) 23 Santería in the Twenty-First Century
Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería

Mercedes Cros Sandoval

University Press of Florida

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

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