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Afro-Cuban Myths:
Yemaya and Other Orishas
By Romulo Lachatanere, Christine Ayorindeo


This book deals with the myths of the orishas. Since it was published in 1938 under the title "Oh, Mío Yemaya!", it has become a classic in the field. It was the first attempt in Cuba to gather a sizeable sample of the numerous patakíes or myths characteristic of the Regla de Ocha or Santería, the most widespread of the Afro-Cuban religions practiced on the island. The author had to overcome prejudice that considered the religion and its associated literature undeserving of intellectual attention and at the same time penetrate the secrecy in which black believers cloaked their beliefs and practices, fearful—with good reason—of attracting disdain, desecration, and persecution.
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CD: Sacred Sounds of the Female Orishas:
Rhythms of the Goddess
By Raul J. Canizares


Contains songs praising different aspects of the Goddess in the form of Oya, Yemaya, Oshun, Yewa, and Obba. Collected by Raul Canizares (1955-2002), head of the Santeria Temple Orisha Consciousness Movement in Manhattan and author of Cuban Santeria and Shango: An African-American Titan, the CD presents songs that evoke the powers of these female orishas. Raul Canizares (1955-2002) was head of the Santeria Temple Orisha Consciousness Movement in Manhattan.
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Botanica Los Angeles:
Latino Popular Religious Art In The City Of Angels
By Patrick Arthur Polk, Donald Cosentino


Material expressions of spiritual belief are integral components of the Los Angeles landscape. Cathedrals, temples, churches, and shrines dot the city, but they are not the only sites where notions of the divine, or at least the supernatural, are made visible. Reflecting the broad ethnic and cultural reconfiguration of Southern California in recent years, botanicas have emerged as one of the most frequent purveyors of sacramental items. This book explores these fascinating venues and their role in transmitting, transforming, and critiquing traditional faiths. An ever-evolving combination of spiritual center, religious supply house, and alternate healthcare facility, the botanica is generally associated with folk Catholicism and other Latin American religious traditions. Vivid photographs and essays describe these sites of spirit-infused artistry, ceremonial activity, and community building.
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Lukumi: Santeria's Beliefs, Principles, and Direction in the Twenty-first Century
By Christian Lopez


Santeria is a topic that has produced plenty of controversy over the years. It has had to fight for its place in modern day society as a socially accepted religion, and at least in legal terms, has won. The followers of this faith have had to overcome scores of prejudice and discrimination. Yet there are still many who truly don't understand it. Author Christian Lopez invites those of you with the interest and curiosity, to share in his own personal views, beliefs, and experiences as a High Priest. Lukumi entices you to take a closer look into their world of destiny, corporal possessions, divination, and animal sacrifice. This book is meant to serve as an introduction to the fundamentals of Ifa and Orisha worship. Enjoy the ride!
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Santeria:
The Beliefs And Rituals Of A Growing Religion In America
By Miguel A. De Lz Torre


Miguel De La Torre here offers an engaging guide to the history, beliefs, rituals, and culture of Santería. Santería is an Afro-Cuban religion that arose out of the cultural clash of Christianity and African Yoruba beliefs that occurred when slaves were brought to the Americas. Apart from vague suspicions that Santería's rituals include animal sacrifice, few Euroamericans know anything about this rich faith tradition - and many more have never even heard of Santería. De La Torre, who grew up in the religion, sets out in this book to provide the novice with a basic understanding of Santería's inner workings. He clearly explains the particular worldview, myths, rituals, and practices of Santería, and he sheds light on what role the religion typically plays in the life of its practitioners as well as the cultural influence it continues to exert in Hispanic communities today. Enhanced with a dozen illustrations, twenty-two tables, and a glossary, De La Torre's Santería is a sensitive and wide-ranging introduction to a religion all too often shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding.
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Powers of the Orishas
By Migene Gonzalez Wippler


Explains the mystery of the orisha religion; During the slave trade, the Yoruba of South-western Nigeria who were brought to Cuba, were forbidden the practice of their religion by their Spanish masters. In order to continue their magical and religious observances safely, the slaves opted for the identification and disguise of the Orishas with some of the Catholic Saints worshipped by the Spaniards. In this manner they were able to worship their deities under the very noses of the Spaniards without danger of punishment. The purpose of this book is to present the major Orishas of Santeria in their syncretic identifications with some of the Catholic Saints. The book has been divided into sections, each dealing with a specific Orisha, the attributes, paths or aspects, necklaces, initiations, foods, herbs, legends, ebboes and other pertinent information about the particular deity. This allows the reader to glean as much information as possible about each Orisha in capsule form.
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Finding Soul on the Path of Orisa:
A West African Spiritual Tradition
By Tobe Melora Correal


Orisa is the indigenous earth-centered religion of the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria. Its central tenet is for people to live intimately with the sacred, working toward an awareness of the divine in all things. The author introduces the basic teachings and metaphysical underpinnings of Orisa and explores its history, branches, and stories. Correal also covers rites of initiation, relationships with ancestors, and how to integrate the principles into daily living. These in-depth, easily grasped explanations of Orisa's basic concepts are offered here in a personal approach that brings the African spiritual path of Orisa into daily life.
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Cuban Santeria
By Raul J. Canizares


A revealing window into the secret and seductive world of Santeria. A Santeria priest discloses information never before revealed to outsiders. Removes the veil of occultism from Santeria to show it as a highly spiritual, thriving religion. Initiated into the Santeria priesthood at the age of seven, Raul Canizares unveils in Cuban Santeria the secret and seductive world of this rapidly growing, yet largely misunderstood, Afro-Cuban religion. With the knowledge of an insider and the insight of a scholar, Canizares astutely examines the practice of Santeria, revealing many of its hidden dimensions while simultaneously providing a fascinating account of its unique textured mix of African, Cuban, and Catholic traditions. The Cuban-born author describes the practices and rituals of the followers of Santeria--from magical herbal prescription and healing to spiritism and animal sacrifice--and explains how for many years the religion has been maintained under the guise of Catholicism to avoid religious persecution. Most initiates are sworn to a code of silence, but Canizares believes that the time has come to move Santeria, a religion of beauty and resilience, out of the darkness and into the light so that a more accurate picture of this rich tradition can emerge.
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The Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts
By Baba Ifa Karade


Yoruba religion has a direct link to a substantial segment of American society for . . . "the greatest percentage of Africans enslaved for the New World labor came from the Yoruba nation" of Nigeria, West Africa. Author Karade traces the concepts of the Yoruba religion through its entrance into the Americas via Haiti, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Cuba. Variations such as Santeria and Voodun have accumulated some negative connotations, but Karade maintains persuasively that "Yoruba religion is not a cult nor is it 'occult,' but rather a divine journey to the inner self and to God-consciousness." Readers of this straightforward text will find familiar concepts such as angels and even an elevated stature comparable to that of the "son of God" in the person of Orunmila, the prophet of Yoruba religion. Further, the text compares Yoruban religious concepts to those of other religions in order to make understanding the tradition even easier. Prayers and rituals (e.g., herbal baths, etc.) complete this interesting handbook. Illustrated.
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Sacred Sounds of Santeria CD:
Rhythms of the Orishas
By Raul J. Canizares


Practitioners of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria believe that powerful spirit forces--orishas--provide guidance and inspiration channeled in the form of song. Listening intently makes one's soul vibrate at the same frequency of the orisha being praised, creating a bridge between God and humankind that releases the orisha's healing power. Sacred Sounds of Santeria includes extremely rare and powerful field recordings made in the hinterlands of Cuba in the 1950s during actual Santeria rituals, along with studio recorded songs that feature 40 of the most gifted soloists, choral singers, and drummers on the island.
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Santeria Healing:
A Journey into the Afro-Cuban World of Divinities, Spirits, and Sorcery
By Johan Wedel


Johan Wedel offers a visit inside the world of Santeria healing. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork in contemporary Cuba, including interviews with Santeria devotees, firsthand observations of divination sessions, and interviews with healed patients supplemented by comments from Santeria healers, Wedel demonstrates how Santeria healing is carried out and experienced by the paticipants. Santeria--with roots in Africa and the slave trade and rituals including divination, animal sacrifice, and possession trance--would seem an anachronism in the modern world. Still, Wedel argues, it offers treatment and ideas about illness that are flourishing and even spreading in the face of Western medicine. He shows that Santeria healing is best understood as a transformation of the self, allowing the patient to experience the world in a new way. He grounds his analysis of Santeria in lively and sometimes frightening narratives in which people reveal in their own words the experience of illness, sorcery, and healing.
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The Diloggun:
The Orishas, Proverbs, Sacrifices, and Prohibitions of Cuban Santeria
By Ocha'Ni Lele


The diloggun is more than a tool of divination. It is a powerful transformational process, and the forces that are set in motion when it is cast determine the future evolution of the adherent. The Diloggun is the first book to explore this Afro-Cuban oracle from the perspective of diaspora orisha worship. It is also the first book to explore the lore surrounding this mysterious oracle, which is the living Bible of one of the world's fastest growing faiths. Ocha'ni Lele provides the secret but essential information that the adept diviner needs to know to ensure that every element affecting a client's spiritual development is taken into consideration during a reading. His book is also the first to detail how to properly end a session so that negative vibrations are absorbed by the orishas and fully removed from the diviner's home.
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Sixteen Cowries:
Yoruba Divination from Africa to the New World
By William Bascom


Sixteen Cowries is a form of divination practiced by the Yoruba and their descendants in the New World. In this landmark study, the author has collected the entire corpus of divination verse known to a single practitioner. The text is in English and transliterated Yoruba. Illustrated with b/w illustrations.
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Santeria Enthroned:
Art, Ritual, and Innovation in an Afro-Cuban Religion
By David H. Brown


Ever since its emergence in colonial-era Cuba, Afro-Cuban Santeria (or Lucumi) has displayed a complex dynamic of continuity and change in its institutions, rituals and iconography. David H. Brown combines art history, cultural anthropology and ethnohistory to show how Africans and their descendants have developed novel forms of religious practice in the face of relentless oppression. Focusiong on the royal throne as a potent metaphor in Santeria belief and practice, Brown shows how negotiation among ideologically competing interests have shaped the religion's symbols, rituals and institutions from the 19th century to the present.
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Finding Soul on the Path of Orisa:
A West African Spiritual Tradition
By Tobe Melora Correal


Orisa is the indigenous earth-centered religion of the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria. Its central tenet is for people to live intimately with the sacred, working toward an awareness of the divine in all things. The author introduces the basic teachings and metaphysical underpinnings of Orisa and explores its history, branches, and stories. Correal also covers rites of initiation, relationships with ancestors, and how to integrate the principles into daily living. These in-depth, easily grasped explanations of Orisa's basic concepts are offered here in a personal approach that brings the African spiritual path of Orisa into daily life.
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The Book on Palo
By Baba Raul Canizares


Deities, initiatory rituals, and ceremonies of Palo, an African-based Cuban religion similar to Santeria. Features never-before-published sigils, workings, and over 200 translations of herbs and palo sticks from Cuban Spanish to Bantu and English, including each plant`s scientific classification. The book also features many photographs of rituals, initiations, and sacrifices.
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The Sacred Ifa Oracle
By Afolabi A. Epega


Discover answers to life's questions using the Ifa Oracle - an ancient African divination tool and the spiritual foundation for Candomble, Santeria, and Vodun. Compared to the Homeric epics, the Bible, and the Koran, the Ifa Oracle stands as "a monument to human imagination, poetry, and will." Now for the first time, all 256 sacred stories of this ancient oral tradition have been translated into English by Dr. Afolabi Epega, a fifth-generation babalawo, or Ifa priest. With a preface and introduction that contextualize the powerful messages of Ifa wisdom for modern life, and classic and Western interpretations by American babalawo Philip Neimark and Dr. Epega, The Sacred Ifa Oracle stands as the definitive text on this timeless philosophical tradtiion.
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Face of the Gods:
Art and Altars of Africa and the African Americas
By Robert F. Thompson


A Stellar Publication of Relgious Art from African Diaspora This book is the companion piece to the exhibition of the same name. Thompson, professor & head of the department of African Art at Yale, directed this incredible exhibition in 1993 at NYC's Museum of African Art. From Ifa in Nigeria, to Santeria in Puerto Rico, to Obeah in Jamaica, to Vodun in Haiti, he and his companion scholars and curators have contributed in a healing circle across the Middle Passage. Shattering damaging, racist mythologies of these religions, 'Face of the Gods' fosters an understanding for these misunderstood religions while maintaining a respectful distance. Complete with analyses, interviews, and color photographs.
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Orixas/Orishas:
Os Deuses Vivos Da Africa, the Living Gods of Africa in Brazil
By Abdias Do Nascimento


Abdias do Nascimento's unique painting and poetry deeply immerse the reader and spectator in the religious culture of African origin in Brazil. Orishas and symbols of Yoruba and Central African origin, in their unique Brazilian context, join the deities of Egyptian, Asante, Ewe religions, and the voduns of Haiti. Together with African liberation heroes from all over the world, they interact in a living and dynamic imagery. Outstanding for its unique and unprecedented use of color, Abdias do Nascimento's art enriches and deepens our comprehension of the multiple dimensions of African culture in the world. This bilingual publication (English and Portuguese) is a tribute to the third centennial of Brazil's Pan-African liberation hero, Zumbi dos Palmares, who died fighting for his people's freedom in 1695. Zumbi symbolizes Afro-Brazilians and their culture, a heritage not only of the African world but of all humanity. The volume brings together scores of color reproductions of Nascimento's paintings, along with three epic poems and a major essay, all on themes of the Afro-Brazilian people, their religion, and its African origins. Printed on the finest quality art paper in an oversized 10 x 11 format and packaged in an attractive slipcase, features seventy-four full-color plates including ten gatefolds.
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Santeria:
The Religion: Faith, Rites, Magic
By Migene Gonzalez-Wippler


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Santeria:
African Magic in Latin America
By Migene Gonzalez-Wippler


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Santeria:
African Spirits in America By Joseph M. Murphy


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The Tarot of the Orishas
By Zolrak


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16 Mythological Stories of Ifa
By Chief Fama


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The Osha:
Secrets of the Yoruba-Lucumi-Santeria Religion
Initiation, Rituals, Ceremonies, Orishas, Divination
By Julio Garcia Corlez


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The Magical Power of the Saints:
Evocation and Candle Rituals
By Ray T. Malbrough


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Helping Yourself With Selected Prayers


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The Altar of My Soul:
The Living Traditions of Santeria
ByMarta Moreno Vega


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Living Santeria:
Rituals and Experiences in an Afro-Cuban Religion
By Michael Atwood Mason


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Sacred Rhythms of Cuban Santeria
Various Artists CD


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Animal Sacrifice & Religious Freedom:
Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah
By David M. O'Brien


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Santeria Candles Oils & Incense
By Carlos Montenegro


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Powerful Potions of Santeria
By Carlos Montenegro


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Magical Herbal Baths of Santeria
By Carlos Montenegro


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Eshu-Eleggua Elegbara:
Santeria and the Orisha of the Crossroads
By Baba Raul Canizares


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Shango:
Santeria and the Orisha of Thunder
By Baba Raul Canizares


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Obatala:
Santeria and the White Robed King of the Orisha
By Baba Raul Canizares


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Babalu Aye:
Santeria and the Lord of Pestilence
By Baba Raul Canizares


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Osun Across the Waters:
A Yoruba Goddess
By Joseph M. Murphy


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The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination:
How to Cast the Diloggun, the Oracle of the Orishas
By Ocha'ni Lele


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Awo Obi:
Obi Divination in Theory and Practice
ByBaba Osundiya


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Obi:
Oracle of Cuban Santeria
By Ocha'Ni Lele


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Yoruba Domino Oracle
By Carlos G. Y. Poenna


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Koeko Iyawo - Aprende novicia:
Pequeño Tratado de Regla Lucumi
By Lydia Cabrera


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El monte
By Lydia Cabrera


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Los Anilmales En El Folklore Y LA Magia De Cuba
By Lydia Cabrera


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Santería
By Migene Gonzalez-Wippler


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Leyendas de la Santeria:
Pataki

By Migene Gonzalez-Wippler


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Yemaya Y Ochun:
Kariocha, Iyalorichas Y Olorichas
By Lydia Cabrera


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SIMILAR PRACTICES

Sacred Leaves of Candomblé:
African Magic, Medicine, and Religion in Brazil
By Robert A. Voeks


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Secrets, Gossip, and Gods:
The Transformation of Brazilian Candomble
By Paul Christopher Johnson


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The Taste of Blood:
Spirit Possession in Brazilian Candomble
By James Wafer


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Umbanda
By Diana Degroat Brown


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Macumba:
By Serge Bramly


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Magic from Brazil:
Recipes, Spells, Rituals
By Morwyn


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