Brought to Cuba as slaves, the Yoruba people of West Africa preserved their religion's heritage by disguising their gods as Catholic saints and worshipping them in secret. The resulting religion is known as Santeria, a blend of primitive magic and Catholicism now practiced by an estimated five million Americans.
Santeria: The Religion is an informative and insightful examination of an African religion's survival in the New World. No one could write this book better than Migene Gonzalez-Wippler. Combining her informed study as an anthropologist and personal experience as a Santerian initiate results in a thrilling book that reveals some of Santeria's most spellbinding elements:
The Orishas: the Deities of Santeria
Who they are, what they represent and how they may be contacted.
The Santeros: the Priests of Santeria
What they are like, what they do and initiations into the priesthood.
The Diloggun: Shells used in Divination
How they are used and methods to consult the gods with the shells.
Ewe: the Magic of Santeria
Includes herbal potions prepared as medicinal cures.