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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.]


(Christian Churches, other) a Caribbean religion composed of elements from both traditional African religion and Roman Catholicism
[American Spanish, literally: holiness]


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.
Indeed, the whole island is characterised by a sense of indistinct boundaries, of cultural hybridity, that affects the best of its art, much of which--most notably the remarkable work of probably its most famous artist, Wifredo Lam--is energised by a typically Cuban synthesis of Santeria and Modernism.
Drawing on years of ethnographic research in Chicago among practitioners of Lucumi, the transnational tradition popularly known as Santeria, the author focuses on the behind-the-scenes work of the primarily women and gay men responsible for feeding the gods.
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.
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Carlos Hernandez combines the strong Latin tradition of magical realism with a dose of science fiction to create The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria, an outstanding collection of short stories.
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.
Nevertheless, there is a very logical connection between the Greek literary tradition and the use of myth in the context of Santeria and in many modern Hispanic Caribbean novels.
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Tackling the biggest controversy surrounding his faith, Santeria priest Ocha'ni Lele explains for the first time in print the practice and importance of animal sacrifice as a religious sacrament.