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also san·te·ri·a  (săn′tə-rē′ə, sän′-)
An African-based religion similar to voodoo, originating in Cuba, which combines the worship of traditional Yoruban deities with the worship of Roman Catholic saints.

[From American Spanish santería, worship of saints, from Spanish santo, saint, from Old Spanish, from Late Latin sānctus; see saint.]
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(Christian Churches, other) a Caribbean religion composed of elements from both traditional African religion and Roman Catholicism
[American Spanish, literally: holiness]
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or San•te•ri•a

(ˌsɑn təˈri ə)
(sometimes l.c.) a religion merging the worship of Yoruba deities with veneration of Roman Catholic saints: practiced in Cuba and spread to other parts of the Caribbean and to the U.S. by Cuban emigrés.
[1980–85; < American Spanish]
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The placement of decapitated chickens is used in Santeria, an Afro-Caribbean religion, to protect a person from being found guilty of a crime.
This book argues that of all the deities belonging to the Santeria syncretism, seven have been placed in a group of great power as a whole.
This applies to local forms of Roman Catholicism as well as to Cuba's other major imported religion, Santeria, whose roots lie in the Yoruba folk rituals of Africans brought over as slaves to work the plantations.
Of the four characters that I consider, three practice santeria, a syncretic religion that was born through the fusion of the African religion Yoruba with Catholicism.
Lynn Carr's A Year in White: Cultural Newcomers to Lukumi and Santeria in the United States (Rutgers University Press), before the author had a chance to see it.
Hacia una historia de la Santeria Santiaguera y otras consideraciones.
The present article explores Lam's valorization of female figures, and in particular the Santeria priestess and the femme cheval or horse-headed woman, not only as protectors and disseminators of Afro-Cuban culture, but also as models of empowerment over and against their white exploiters and colonizers.
Carlos Hernandez; THE ASSIMILATED CUBAN'S GUIDE TO QUANTUM SANTERIA; Rosarium Publishing (Fiction: Short Stories) 19.95 ISBN: 9781495607400
This book explains the ins and outs of drug trafficking organizations and narco-cults, from Los Zetas, the Gulf cartel, and Los Caballeros Templarios to Santeria, Voodoo, and La Familia Michoacana.
NEW YORK -- Wynton Marsalis opened Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2014-15 season with the world premiere of "Ochas,'' a three-movement suite blending jazz with the traditional folkloric music of Cuba and the Afro-Cuban Santeria religion.
According to the Daily Star, Tyson revealed in his book that he had also visited a 'hoodoo woman', a voodoo priest and a Santeria priest, looking for spells to shorten his six-year prison sentence, of which he served three.