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Santeria: The Religion: Faith, Rites, Magic

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When the Yoruba of West Africa were brought to Cuba as slaves, they preserved their religious heritage by disguising their gods as Catholic saints and worshiping them in secret. The resulting religion is Santer�a, a blend of primitive magic and Catholicism now practiced by an estimated five million Hispanic Americans. Blending informed study with her personal experience, G ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Llewellyn Publications (first published 1989)
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Matt McGlynn
Oct 27, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I spent 4 months in Mexico City last year and visited the Santeria market. I didn’t really know what the market was and I purchased this large cane I thought was very visually striking. I received many bad looks as well as some that were nervous or scared. I quickly put the cane in a bag. This book helped me learn about the cane and that Santeria is all around.

I’ll never forget the first time I showed a picture of the cane to my friend Yahaira without any context and she looked at me in broken E
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
As someone who has hovered on the outskirts of the Religion for so long, I loved this book. I found it almost by accident, and I was so happy that it was available in my library system. It is smart, well-written, and informative in so many ways.

My major complaint is that some of the orishas are not given the attention that they deserve. I know why this is, the book explains why so much information isn't actually available in the first place -- it's kept hidden, away from prying eyes, discussed a
No está mal como introducción al tema. Tiene mucha información sobre sus prácticas y orígenes, aunque no siempre es correcta. Lo peor del libro es lo terrible que se hace leerlo en español por los constantes errores de traducción y faltas de ortografía, se nota que no pasó por revisión. El español usado suena muy artificial y es difícil meterse completamente en el libro cuando en cada página te encuentras un puñado de incorrecciones.
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: bios
Very informative, it was a basically reading a textbook. I'm more happy that I was able to learn about a religion that has been so secretive and distant. ...more
Alexandra Zapata
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Muy Informativo, pero la edición en español que leí tiene demasiados errores ortográficos, imperdonables.
Tertsea Asor
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Martine Picard
Feb 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Clear writing with useful information.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first encounter with Santeria and I really enjoyed this book. I feel like the author does an excellent job of explaining the cultural mindset and reasoning around many of Santeria's concepts and practices. If nothing else, she does a good job of delving into and explaining some uncomfortable topics and stereotypes. In the months after finishing this book, I often found myself thinking back to and mulling it over. There is certainly a lot to learn here and I've discovered that I'm qui ...more
It is filled with fundamentals about the religion and includes personal anecdotes. It was a slow read for me as the material is informative but not gripping. However, I'm glad I stuck with it because it gave me a solid beginners' grasp of knowledge about this religion. Before I read this book, I only had a rough notion of animal sacrifice and possible connections with Catholicism. I'm confident that I can have an informed conversation about this subject now. ...more
Lisa James
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love comparative religions, & this was a totally fascinating look into Santeria, which combines aspects of African magic & Catholic beliefs. To make it even more interesting, there are black & white photos to illustrate these teachings.

HIGHLY recommended to those who will appreciate the anthropology aspects, as well as the religious & spiritual & magickal aspects.
Oct 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational
I loved the way Migene put this book together. Santeria can be hard to follow with all it's elements but her format was easy to follow and very informative. Her references were concise and honest. Good reference book if dealing with anything in this area. ...more
i'm currently reading it son ...more
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it
If you want to learn about Santeria...
Sandra Bassett
Jul 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion-myth
This book is my "bible" to understanding Santeria. I know who "my" god is and why havock is reeked on me sometimes! ...more
Nov 02, 2007 rated it liked it
It's a decent, though dense, overview if you are interested in the topic. ...more
Dec 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was alright..
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Shelves: spirituality
Good introductory to the religion.
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Migene González-Wippler es una autora puertorriqueña de temas como la Wicca y una líder experta en la religión afro-caribeña de la santería. González-Wippler nació en Puerto Rico y tiene grados de psicología y antropología de la Universidad de Puerto Rico y de la Universidad de Columbia.

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