An anthropologist and leading authority on Santeria, the syncretism of the Yoruba religion and Catholicism, Gonzalez-Wippler has written numerous books on the subject (e.g., Santeria , African Magic in Latin America , LJ 12/1/73; The Santeria Experience , LJ 2/15/82). Notorious for their secrecy, the Santeros initially misled Gonzalez-Wippler to protect their faith, but in time they recognized her genuine respect for the religion and began relaying accurate information. The book focuses on the Yoruba pantheon of orishas (Goddesses and Gods), the ten or more levels of Santeria hierarchy, the priesthood, the concept of Divine power known as ashe , initiations, Spirit possession, spells and herbs, and the controversial practice of animal sacrifice. A well-researched, fascinating look at a growing, dynamic religion with more than five million practitioners in this country alone.
- Kevin M. Roddy, Oakland P.L., Cal.
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Very easy to read and under stand. I know more have enjoyed this book who have been educating themselves on these traditions.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is not a book that was written for those expecting spooky pulp horror stories. This is not a book about Voodoo. Read morePublished on May 5 2002 by Morgaine Vivianne
Un buen libro para comenzar a conocer sobre la santería. Presenta un buen marco de referencia para las personas que tienen curiosidad sobre el tema. Read morePublished on Dec 4 1999 by Helga Gonzalez
I am a student of world religions and have friends in the Yoruba, Candomble, Santeria religions and have found this book to of great understanding of how the religion is... Read morePublished on Nov. 21 1999
This is the most fascinating book I have read in a long time. I had the pleasure of being present during one of Ms. Read morePublished on Dec 22 1998 by westlake