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Hidden within the mysterious Afro-Cuban religion commonly referred to as Santeria, there is an even deeper body of secrets and rituals known as Ifa, practiced by a group of priests known as babalawos, or "Fathers of the Secret." Babalawo, Santeria's High Priests pulls away the veil of secrecy surrounding Ifa to reveal exactly what Afro-Cuban Ifa is and how and why it works. This book is an in-depth look at the most secretive branch of Santeria as seen through the eyes of an insider: a babalawo with over sixteen years experience living and working Ifa in both the United States and Cuba.
Ever wonder why statues of Catholic saints are sold in the same shop next to mandrake roots and Eleggua candles? How the saints joined forces with the African pantheon that would become Santería or Voodoo is a story dating back to the late 1600s. Huge populations of African prisoners of war, mainly from the kingdoms of Benin and Yoruba in western Africa, were enslaved and shipped to the Caribbean...
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the season of Samhain, and perhaps nowhere is this as apparent as in
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