Hopefully each of you who are interested in learning the religion of santeria will find your own way to the right person before i go into my answer, however, i must preface everything i write here with one bit of information the santería church of the orishas does not give out any referrals to priests outside. Most practitioners of santería prefer the name regla de ocha or the lucumí religion although it's practiced today by people all over the world, regla de ocha is generally defined as an afro-cuban religion that originated in what is today nigeria and benin in west africa the word santería comes from spanish and loosely. Although santeria is a religious path that is not rooted in indo-european polytheism like many other contemporary pagan religions, it's still a faith that is practiced by many thousands of people in the united states and other countries today. Most people probably only know santeria from the sublime song of the same name, but it's more than just a song lyric what is santeria sometimes called regla de ocha, it's a religion that millions of people living in mexico, panama, the united states, cuba, and throughout the caribbean practice it combines elements of. Santeria followers practicing their religion santeria vs voodoo santeria and voodoo are religions practiced by people who believed in one god that is served by several spirits both religions also believe in possession of the spirits—called ' orishas' in santeria and 'loas' or laws in voodoo—through song. The african religion of santeria is being criticized as [if], you know, we're cruel people we're not cruel people, talamantez explained santeria, a religion of african origin and similar to voodoo, is a mixture of caribbean, west african and spanish ceremony the faith is based on the veneration of saints.
Probably the most explicit reference to the african soul is to be found in santeria, which represents the synthesis of the cults of african slaves and the catholic religion this embodies almost all aspects, mystic and earthly, of the identity of african origin i came into contact with santeria for the first time in 1999 impressed by. Most modern day practitioners whose branches of the religion have their roots in cuba, like to call themselves lucumi practitioners and the religion, santeria is sometimes also called” la regla de ocha” (the rule of the orisha) these days the religion is widespread and practiced all over the caribbean, latin america and. Santería, (spanish: “the way of the saints”), also called la regla de ocha ( spanish: “the order of the orishas”) or la religión lucumí (spanish: “the order of lucumí”), the most common name given to a religious tradition of african origin that was developed in cuba and then spread throughout latin america and the. Santería has long been called an afro-cuban religion: this designation highlights the origins of many of its elements and early founders but also obscures the fact that santería has long been a major religion in cuba practiced by diverse people and has become a global religious movement between 1780 and 1850 the.
Santería is growing in every sector of the community, more publicly so since the mid-1990s, as the government started to show a new tolerance towards religion in many cuban houses, eerie, unblinking dolls form a mini altar laced with fruit and tobacco offerings, icons of saints, crosses and seemingly. Santeria religion cuba, history, practice, supreme court ruling. The uses of plants in religion, santeria healing in an afro- cuban george brandon city university of new yark medical school although plants have long been known to play an important medical and ritual role in the religious traditions of africa, little attention has been devoted to examining the use. Santería enthroned: art, ritual, and innovation in an afro-cuban religion david h brown chicago: the university of chicago press, 2003 xx + 413 pp (paper us$ 3800) ethnographic objects behave in curious ways although they clearly are “our constructions,” field sites and even topically circumscribed (rather than.
By caroline goggin. Of santería amongst the cuban public santeria is a polytheistic religion practiced in cuba that combines elements of yoruba beliefs and catholicism recently, santeria appears to be experiencing a growth in visibility in cuba the syncretic religion and its visibility, has become of interest to examine and. Writer sarah betancourt explores her connections to espiritismo and santeria. Santería, also known as regla de ochá, la regla de ifá, or lucumí, is an afro- american religion of caribbean origin that developed in the spanish empire among west african descendants santería is a spanish word that means the worship of saints santería is influenced by and syncretized with roman catholicism.
In the case of santeria, the connection between native deities from afro-cuban folklore and christianity have created one of the spiciest mixtures you can imagine in a religion the mysterious practice called santeria is a polytheistic afro-cuban religion full of many mysterious elements, making it an. Guide to the young, syncretic religion of santeria, including history, beliefs, worship and rituals. Santería cuba santería is a fusion of catholic practices and african folk beliefs it emerged in cuba during the 17th century, and has been embedded in cuban society ever since these days, it's far more prevalent than catholicism on the island—santeros outnumber catholics by 8-1 cuba is still the religious center of. Santeria is a dynamic example of the perseverance and inventiveness of the west african slaves who were brought to cuba to work on the sugar plantations these slaves brought their spiritual traditions with them and, when forced by the slave owners to convert to catholicism, cunningly hid their religious secrets inside the.
Matanzas, cuba - the afro-cuban religion of santeria thrives on the island slaves, of the yoruba's ethno-linguistic group in sub-saharan africa, used roman catholic symbols to hide their deities from spanish missionaries and plantation owners the traditions and the use of the yoruba language not. Santeria is practiced throughout latin america and in the united states, but cuba is its birthplace slaves brought to cuba from nigeria and benin mixed their yoruba traditions with the roman catholicism of the spanish plantation owners, according to the bbc while the slave owners insisted that slaves convert to. This article originally appeared on vice uk santeria — or the worship of saints — is gaining ground as a popular religious practice in cuba developed in the african slave communities of the island's 18th century sugar plantations, it's a syncretic religion adopting elements of spanish-imposed.
Santeria was brought to the new world by african slaves they believe their deities are living things, with the same needs as other beings but each one has the power to bring good luckor misfortune. In her new book, aisha beliso-de jesús, associate professor of african american religions at harvard divinity school, traces the transnational movements of people, media, spirits, and divinities (oricha) associated with the afro-cuban religion of santería will morningstar sat down with beliso-de jesús to discuss the. In the study of the santeria religion, we find a reflection of the struggle of afro- cuban people as they were forced to acculturate to a white dominated society ( clark, 2007) the blending, or mixing, of these races produced a third racial group: mestizos (morales, 2013) religiously, this same process produced a new faith:. Santeria religion focuses on building relationships between human beings and powerful, but mortal, spirits, called orishas.
Santeria includes the worship of the orisha -- literally head guardians, and religious beliefs of the yoruba and bantu people in southern nigeria, senegal and guinea coast these are combined with elements of roman catholicism arriving as slaves in the caribbean, santerians preserved the elements.