- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Beacon Press (April 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807010219
- ISBN-13: 978-0807010211
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Santeria: African Spirits in America
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Informative and a joy to read. . . . It strikes a balance between participation and observation in an explanation of Santeria that will please believer and scholar alike. --Shaman's Drum
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'A western-oriented introduction to a misunderstood religion of African roots that is a profound symbol of the force of the spirit against slavery.' -Kirkus Reviews
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Santería is similar to Umbanda in Brazil. The slaves expressed their spirit religion in the form and guise of the Roman Catholic religion's prayers to the saints, with a saint standing for each of the African spirit-gods. This resulted in the Catholic Cult of the Saints.
The author presents the African and Cuban background, giving historical and social factors and then probes the religion in the US, having been brought largely by the Cuban refugees after the Communist revolution in Cuba in 1959.
Murphy lists the names of the original Yoruba gods, their role and character in the original religion, and the way these beliefs operate in the mystical possession cult of Santería.
A lot of people do not like it, or like to discredit it, but honestly the information is well researched, and aquarate. All done in the most High Respects and in good taste to the Santeria Lucumi Religion.