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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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Illness and Death

Illness and Death

(p.106) 6 Illness and Death
Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería

Mercedes Cros Sandoval

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses beliefs regarding illness and death. The believers of Santería think that arun or disease is actually caused by both natural and supernatural factors. Santeros and santeras generally recommend their patients to see a physician about any ailment, but flowers, herbs, twigs, and leaves are still an intrinsic part of the philosophy of Santería. Death, on the other hand, is believed to live in cemeteries and even empty bottles. This chapter looks at the realm of the dead and other practices involving death, as well as some notable treatments of disease.

Keywords:   illness, death, Santería, arun, realm of the dead, treatments of disease

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