The Religion of Santeria

Essay by drowninglotusUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, May 2005

download word file, 7 pages 4.5

Downloaded 39 times
Keywords

       ÂÂ

                               ÂÂ

The Religion of Santería

                                                                               ÂÂ

                Peoples and Culture of the Caribbean

                                                                               ÂÂ

        Religion, in some ways, confuses me. They all claim to be so different yet, when one takes a close look at them, they all have striking resemblances to each other. I was raised in a Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox household. Although both had some differences, anyone could see all the similarities that they possessed. All religions pick, choose, and blend from other religions and form a new version. A type of creolization if you will. Different aspects of two similar religions (Catholicism and Yoruba) were blended together to form what we now know as the worldwide religion of Santería. In this paper I will be discussing the origins of this fascinating religion, what it entails, and a couple of the problems that people who practice the religion face.

       ÂÂ

        Santería started in Cuba during the nineteenth century, when Africans from what are now Nigeria and Benin, were sent to the island to be slaves. The religion centers around ancient African gods who have been assimilated as Catholic saints. Santería comes from the Spanish word santo meaning saint; Santeros or for women, Santeras is what the priests of the religion of Santería are called. They "dispense ritual paraphernalia, such as candles, beads, and ointments, as well as advice on how to solve any problem imaginable-including relationship, money, and health problems-which usually involves strengthening the individual's connection with the orishas." (Novas 2003: 211)

       ÂÂ

        Santería was created out of necessity for the African slaves so that they could continue to practice their religion in the New World. In most countries where Africans were made into...



4x12 Club de Cuervos | Agatha Christie's Poirot (13) | Download APK