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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's Rituals

Santería's Rituals

Locus, Form, and Paraphernalia

(p.111) 7 Santería's Rituals
Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería

Mercedes Cros Sandoval

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the different rituals of Santería and some of the components of the religion, such as temples, sacrifices, and religious images. It is noted that despite adverse circumstances, the Afro-Cubans were able to preserve and transmit complex symbolic rituals, engage ritual music and dancing, and esoteric songs and prayers. It also discusses the fact that the degree of professionalism in rituals, music, and divination is the main indication that the santeros are well-trained priests.

Keywords:   rituals, Santería, temples, sacrifices, religious images, symbolic rituals, esoteric songs, prayers, ritual music, santeros

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