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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)
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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
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.
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