- Title Pages
- Note to the Reader
1The Yoruban Background of Santería/Regla Lucumí
2The Cuban Colonial and Republican Background of Santería/Regla Lucumí
3The Origins of Santería/Regla Lucumí
4Beliefs and Practices of Santería
6Illness and Death
- Conclusion to Part 1
Part 2Santería's Transformations
Appendix APaths of Obatalá
Appendix BPaths of Elegbara, Elegguá, Echú
Appendix CPaths of Changó
Appendix DPaths of Ochún
Appendix EPaths of Yemayá
Appendix FPaths of Babalú Ayé
Appendix GPaths of Ogún
- Glossary of Lucumí and Spanish Terms
- (p.93) 5 Priesthood
- Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería
Mercedes Cros Sandoval
- University Press of Florida
This chapter discusses the powerful trend in Santería towards the need of initiates for the priesthood to go through further training and to acquire further powers by receiving new orichas. This trend might be the result of the ritualistic emphasis in Santería. Ritualism requires that priests learn to master extremely complicated procedures, to learn the many ingredients needed to perform ceremonies, and to consecrate amulets and other religious items. A number of controversies between the santeros and babalaos are also discussed.
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