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Term: santeria

DEFINITIONS

Santeria: Afro-Caribbean syncretic religion developed in Cuba and practiced worldwide, which roots are found in Ifá, an ancient Yoruba pagan religion from West-Africa and is influenced by Christian practices and folk wisdom and Spiritualism. Its main beliefs are centered on the worship of Orisha, a diversified pantheon of deities that personify different aspects of nature and of the creator/creatrix spirit called Olódùmarè. Other practices include rituals for health, protection, and prosperity along with ancestor reverence and complex divination systems.Chris Lee


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Santeria
Santería is an Afro-Caribbean religion that comes to us from Cuba and to this day it is practiced worldwide. Its original form, called Ifa, is an ancient Yoruba religion that comes from West-Africa and is declared by UNESCO as one of the ...
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Candomblé
Candomblé, like Santeria, is a religion that has its origins in the Yoruba religion called Ifa. Similar to Vodou and Santeria, it developed when the slaves arrived in Brazil and where "converted" to the Catholic religion. They used the Catholic ...
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African American Tarot Review
Summary: Although actually more focused on African myth and lore rather than African American contributions to civilization, this deck is a wonderful introduction to both explorations as well as being close enough to the RWS tradition as to be ...
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