Santería is a preferred non secular motion originating in Cuba that mixes African and Roman Catholic themes. Santería, “The Way of the Saints,” developed amongst African slaves in Cuba, and has unfold all through the Caribbean and the United States. In it, Catholic SAINTS are identifi ed with conventional African deities, primarily Yoruba from the world that is now Nigeria and Benin, and worshipped in colourful rites that embrace vegetable and animal SACRIFICES.

Santería ALTARS and costumes are sometimes magnifi cent artistic endeavors. The most spectacular ceremonies are these through which the deities, known as orishas, “mount” or possess initiated devotees. The possessed one will then converse and act in methods attribute of that god. The rites by which a devotee turns into an provoke of a specific deity, ready to mediate that god by possession, are lengthy and elaborate, involving a prolonged interval of isolation and instruction. On the opposite hand, many people use easy on a regular basis Santería practices for divination and luck.

Santería has fl ourished within the late 20th and early 21st centuries, each in Cuba (regardless of the revolution of 1959) and within the United States, the place Cuban exiles have made it a presence in most main metropolitan areas. Although it has often been controversial within the United States due to its use of animal sacrifi ce and alleged magical practices, it seems to be nicely established and has drawn some non-Cuban adherents.