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
William W. Zellner; Marc Petrowsky.
Praeger, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Santeria"
American Voudou: Journey into a Hidden World
Rod Davis.
University of North Texas Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 19 "Santeria"
New Trends and Developments in African Religions
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
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
Thomas A. Tweed.
Oxford University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Santeria, Catholicism, and Evangelization: Struggles for Religious Identity"
The Yoruba Orisha Tradition Comes to New York City
Vega, Marta Moreno.
African American Review, Vol. 29, No. 2, Summer 1995
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Introduction to the U.S. Latina and Latino Religious Experience
Hector Avalos.
Brill, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "Santeria in Exile" begins on p. 82
Cubans in Puerto Rico: Ethnic Economy and Cultural Identity
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
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
William Luis.
Greenwood Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: "Santeria" begins on p. 27
Muntu: An Outline of the New African Culture
Janheinz Jahn; Marjorie Grenee.
Grove Press, 1961
Librarian’s tip: "The Santeria" begins on p. 62
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