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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.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.

Keywords:   trend, Santería, priesthood, training, orichas, ritualism, procedures, controversies, santeros, babalaos

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