Worldview, The Orichas, And Santeria: Africa To Cuba And Beyond

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SKU: DADAX081303020X
ISBN : 081303020X

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Cros Sandoval’s authoritative introduction to the Afro-Cuban religion called Santería explores how it emerged and developed in Cuba out of transplanted Yoruba beliefs and continues to spread and adjust to changing times and contexts. Systematically exploring every facet of Santeria’s worldview, Sandoval examines how practitioners have adapted received beliefs and practices to reconcile them with new environments, from plantation slavery to exile in the United States.

Offering a distinctive perspective based on a lifetime of extensive research and firsthand knowledge, Cros Sandoval illuminates Santería as a theological system and as a vital, continuously evolving community. The adaptation process that gave birth to Santería was not the singular result of cultural resistance, she argues, but a successful attempt to find meaning linked to alien religious elements in a way that appealed to a diverse following.

            Beginning with the transatlantic history of how Yoruba traditions came to Cuba and were established and adapted to Cuban society, Sandoval provides a comprehensive comparison of Yoruba and Cuban mythologies, followed by an overview of how Santería has continued to diffuse and change in response to new contexts and adherents--with an especially illuminating perspective on Santería among Cubans in Miami. As a reference work and historical treatment of Santería, Sandoval’s work will appeal to both scholars and nonscholars alike, ranging from anthropologists and students of religion and the African Diaspora to psychologists, social workers, and those curious about or inspired by this remarkably durable and adaptable belief system.


Author : Mercedes Cros Sandoval
ISBN : 081303020X
Language : English
No of Pages : 400
Edition : 1st
Publication Date : 2/25/2007
Format/Binding : Hardcover
Book dimensions : 9.2x6.1x1.3
Book weight : 0.02

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