Santería (săn´tərē´ə, sän´–), religion originating in W Africa, developed by Yoruba slaves in Cuba, and practiced by an estimated one million people in the United States. Blending African beliefs with those of Roman Catholicism, it fuses Christian saints with African deities (orishas). Rites are led by a priest or priestess, and reincarnation is a main belief. One of its most important rituals involves animal sacrifice, which was ruled a constitutional religious practice in a 1993 Supreme Court decision.

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Santeria: Selected full-text books and articles

Sects, Cults, and Spiritual Communities: A Sociological Analysis By William W. Zellner; Marc Petrowsky Praeger, 1998
Librarian's tip: Chap. 6 "Santeria"
American Voudou: Journey into a Hidden World By Rod Davis University of North Texas Press, 1998
Librarian's tip: Chap. 19 "Santeria"
New Trends and Developments in African Religions By Peter B. Clarke Greenwood Press, 1998
Librarian's tip: Chap. 13 "Santeria and Curanderismo in Los Angeles"
Working the Spirit: Ceremonies of the African Diaspora By Joseph M. Murphy Beacon Press, 1994
Librarian's tip: Chap. 4 "Cuban and Cuban American Santeria"
Our Lady of the Exile: Diasporic Religion at a Cuban Catholic Shrine in Miami By Thomas A. Tweed Oxford University Press, 1997
Librarian's tip: Chap. 2 "Santeria, Catholicism, and Evangelization: Struggles for Religious Identity"
Introduction to the U.S. Latina and Latino Religious Experience By Hector Avalos Brill, 2004
Librarian's tip: "Santeria in Exile" begins on p. 82
Cubans in Puerto Rico: Ethnic Economy and Cultural Identity By José A. Cobas; Jorge Duany University Press of Florida, 1997
Librarian's tip: "Santeria: A Minority Subculture" begins on p. 99
Rituals and Ceremonies in Popular Culture By Ray B. Browne Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1980
Librarian's tip: "Santeria: An Afro-Cuban Religion" begins on p. 110
Culture and Customs of Cuba By William Luis Greenwood Press, 2001
Librarian's tip: "Santeria" begins on p. 27
Muntu: An Outline of the New African Culture By Janheinz Jahn; Marjorie Grenee Grove Press, 1961
Librarian's tip: "The Santeria" begins on p. 62
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