Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Santeria: African Spirits in America” as Want to Read:
Santeria: African Spirits in America
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Santeria: African Spirits in America

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  85 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Santeríarepresents the first in-depth, scholarly account of a profound way of wisdom that is growing in importance in America today. A professional academic and himself a participant in the Santeríacommunity of the Bronx for several years, Joseph Murphy offers a powerful description and insightful analysis of this African/Cuban religion. He traces the survival of an ancien ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 1st 1993 by Beacon Press (first published 1988)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Santeria, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Santeria

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 199)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Mina Villalobos
An overview of Santeria and it's Yoruba roots for the uninitiated, this book is divided into several sections that make the understanding of the theme easier.

There's a section on the African roots of the religion, and the cultural and social environment that sustained that way of worship. There's another section on Cuba, and how the religion had to change as the cultural and social environment changed as once-free men were brought to the country as slaves and 'converted' to Catholicism. There's
...more
Colin
This is a good book for anyone interested in Santeria, African American or Latino culture/history or in religion in general. The book is split into three sections - the first details the history, the second is a narrative introducing the religion itself and the third goes over the cultural impacts and purposes of the religion. That final section was fairly dry and many readers may decide not to bother (I almost didn't) but has alot to offer if you can get through it.
Melissa Luna
Nov 27, 2007 Melissa Luna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone drawn to Santeria
Shelves: five-stars
For the uninitiated, a super informative and respectful, not to mention really interesting, journey. Good bibliography too.
Francesca Brown
Great introduction to the history and basic rituals. At many points the book left me wanting more.
Elisnardo Sanchez
Elisnardo Sanchez marked it as to-read
Apr 01, 2015
Elisnardo Sanchez
Elisnardo Sanchez marked it as to-read
Apr 01, 2015
Sarah
Sarah marked it as to-read
Mar 25, 2015
Prince Arjuna
Prince Arjuna marked it as to-read
Feb 05, 2015
Ashley
Ashley marked it as to-read
Jan 14, 2015
Bea
Bea added it
Jan 09, 2015
Constance S.
Constance S. marked it as to-read
Jan 08, 2015
Aishe
Aishe marked it as to-read
Jan 05, 2015
Julia
Julia added it
Jan 05, 2015
Luisa
Luisa marked it as to-read
Dec 29, 2014
Yaz
Yaz is currently reading it
Dec 28, 2014
Liam
Liam added it
Jan 01, 2015
Yanni
Yanni marked it as to-read
Nov 28, 2014
Lauren
Lauren marked it as to-read
Nov 23, 2014
Veronica Hale
Veronica Hale marked it as to-read
Oct 07, 2014
Josh
Josh marked it as to-read
Sep 14, 2014
Josh
Josh marked it as to-read
Sep 14, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Osun Across the Waters: A Yoruba Goddess in Africa and the Americas Working the Spirit: Ceremonies of the African Diaspora Creole Religions of the Caribbean: An Introduction from Vodou and Santera to Obeah and Espiritismo

Share This Book