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In Cuba, the Yoruba religion of the orishas melded with saint-rich Catholicism to create Santeria, one of the primary Afro-Caribbean religions and an increasingly significant part of American culture. Brought up in a New York family that practiced Santeria--both his parents are santeros, or priests--De La Torre no longer considers himself a believer but remains deeply affected by his childhood experiences. Writing as both an academic outsider and a privileged former insider, he retells Yoruba myths clearly and expressively, and his analysis of religious syncretism is both scholarly and accessible. Detailed descriptions of the various manifestations of each orisha make this one of the most comprehensive books on the subject, while the complex issue of Santeria ritual, which can include animal sacrifice, is handled unsensationally but vividly. This book should be part of any collection intended to represent the breadth of American religious experience. Patricia Monaghan
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ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year AwardsFinalist, Religion (2004)
Choice MagazineOutstanding Academic Book (2005)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The author, who grew up in the Santeria faith, provides insight into the myths, rituals, worldview, history and cultural influence of the Afro-Cuban religion. Neither condemning nor condoning, he seeks to provide the information and context necessary to prompt discussion and understanding between Santeria believers and Christians."

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"Writing as both an academic outsider and a privileged former insider, De La Torre retells Yoruba myths clearly and expressively, and his analysis of religious syncretism is both scholarly and accessible. Detailed descriptions of the various manifestations of each orisha make this one of the most comprehensive books on the subject, while the complex issue of Santeria ritual, which can include animal sacrifice, is handled unsensationally but vividly. This book should be part of any collection intended to represent the breadth of American religious experience."

Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo
"Miguel De La Torre has performed the almost magical academic feat of balancing the objectivity of a trained observer with the insights of an insider. He leads his readers on a historical, theological, and cultural journey that goes to the heart of this rich religious tradition unfolding within a rapidly changing American society."

Library Journal
"De La Torre succeeds fully in giving us the best general introduction to Santería, an Afro-Cuban folk religion brought to the United States by Cuban refugees after Castro's 1959 revolution. . . He draws on both lived experience (having grown up in the religion) and scholarly expertise . . . to strike just the right balance between the personal perspectives of the faithful and the distance of a non-believing scholar. . . Strongly recommended."

Religious Studies Review
"A well-balanced presentation of a complex religious system that is continually growing and beginning to attract educated middle-class Euro-Americans."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans (August 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802849733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802849731
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Temujin Ekunfeo on June 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
Santeria; The beliefs and rituals of a growing religion in America,
by Miguel A. De La Torre.

Mr De La Torre writes in the preface that his approach to the topic will be "from the social location of a former believer.

Mr De La Torre also writes that his mother and father are members of the priesthood.

There is far too much in his book to indicate that he knows nothing at all about this religion and if his parents were consulted in the writing of this book and they did not correct the heinous amount of misinformation to be found in this book, then it is clear to me that either his mother and father are not Olorisa (members of the priesthood) or if they are Olorisa then they are two of the most ill-informed Olorisa I have ever heard tell of.

As a point of information, I am writing from the social location of a believer and an Olorisa (members of the priesthood).

I have been a "believer" since 1969 and an Olorisa (members of the priesthood) since 1978.

I offer the following examples to make my case:

In the chapter on the creation, Mr De La Torre writes about the Santeria concept of the creator, he states that Olodumare is the name of the creator and that Nzame and Baba Nkwa are the other two manifestations of Olodumare.

This is completely inaccurate, Olodumare IS the name of the creator but Olofi and Olorun are the other two manifestations of Olodumare.

Olodumare, Olorun, Olofi are more than just respectful terms of address. While Olodumare, Olorun, Olofi could be perceived as a "Trinity" of sorts these three names are not comparable to the Christian trinity, in that all three are equally the "father-creator." All there are also gender neutral.
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I have been looking every where for information on Santeria and this book was the best that I found so far. It doesn't just cover the basics like other books do, it goes in depth about the history of this religion and why it is so secrete in the U.S. It also tells the reader much more about each Orisha, like thier favorite food, color, power, ect. than any where that I have found. This book by far is teaching me a whole lot more than any thing else. I highly recomend this book for those who are getting to know Santeria, it is perfect.
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Santeria the Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America is a well written book, but to be honestly it has all been written before. Nothing really new and if you already have two or three books on Santeria, then you are sure to have all the information that is within this book. The chapters are as follows.

Santeria What is it? This goes into giving you a general idea of what Santeria is, a description of it's followers and members, a small description of it's initiations. It explains the Energy Ashe, and the Eggungun. "The Dead Ancestors."

Chapter Two; gives you a few versions of the Patakis, "Folklores or Legends" of the Creation of the World. Other legends such as the Flood is also within this section. There are a few Charts within this section. One for the many names of God. A comparison chart of the Orishas with Roman and Greek Gods. A chart describing each Orishas major influence. Colors of the Orishas. Most Likely Children of the Orishas. And another chart on the Orishas and their Catholic Identities. (Saint Paths)

Chapter Three, is a description of the Major Orishas, their attributes and their Patakis "Legend". Of the Orishas included are the major, Obatala, Eleggua, Oggun, Ochosi, Ochun, Chango, Yemaya, Aganju, Orunla, Osain, Babalu Aye, Oya, Orisa Oko, Osun, Inle, Obba and the Ibeji. Each gets a quick discription, and a legend, which really reminded me of Migene Gonzales Wippler's earlier works.

In this chapter are more charts. Each deducted to a particular Orisha and their many "caminos" their avatars, roads or paths.

Chapter 4 gives you a quick description or ceremonies and rituals, Bembe, Ilekes, Asiento, Ebbos and so on. Oh and more charts.
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I checked this out for recreational reading (I like interesting non fiction) and it was one of the best written non fiction books I've read. The voice is easy to read, engaging and doesn't distract from the content with an overly dry academic tone. I have no particular investment in the subject so I can't say if this is the best book on the subject but for someone without much background knowledge on this religion its a good introduction. It very effectively explains not only practices and beliefs, but the way of thinking that fundamentally describes the basis of the religion. I think the author was a particularly good source for this knowledge because though both of his parents are priests of the religion, he is an anthropologist (if I'm remembering correctly, it's something like that) giving him the insider access rarely afforded to non members and the objective analytical perspective members of any religion rarely have for their own belief system.

recommended for those interested in anthropology, non western culture, perspective and religion
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