Sacrificial Ceremonies of Santería: A Complete Guide to the Rituals and Practices

Sacrificial Ceremonies of Santería: A Complete Guide to the Rituals and Practices


the 1st booklet to discover the heritage, tools, and pondering at the back of sacrifice within the transforming into Santería religion

• Explains the animal sacrifice rite in step by step aspect

• stocks the traditional African sacred tales that display the well-thought-out metaphysics and spirituality at the back of the perform of animal sacrifice

• Chronicles the criminal struggle all of the approach to its 1993 U.S. superb court docket victory to set up criminal defense for the Santería religion and its practitioners

Tackling the largest controversy surrounding his religion, Santería priest Ócha’ni Lele explains for the 1st time in print the perform and value of animal sacrifice as a non secular sacrament. Describing the animal sacrifice rite in step by step element, together with the songs and chants used, he examines the pondering and metaphysics at the back of the ritual and divulges the deep connections to the odu of the diloggún--the resource of all practices during this Afro-Cuban religion.

Tracing the felony conflict spearheaded via Oba Ernesto Pichardo, head of the Church of the Lukumi of Babaluaiye, over the correct to perform animal sacrifice as a spiritual sacrament, Lele chronicles the struggle all of the solution to its 1993 U.S. superb courtroom victory, which demonstrated criminal safeguard for the Santería religion and its practitioners. Weaving jointly oral fragments stemming from the traditional Yoruba of West Africa, the writer reconstructs their sacred tales, or patakís, that reveal the well-thought-out metaphysics and spirituality in the back of the perform of animal sacrifice within the Yoruba and Santería faith, together with factors approximately why every one animal should be considered as meals for either people and the orisha in addition to how sacrifice isn't restricted to animals.

Shedding mild at the awesome international progress of this faith over the last 50 years, Lele’s advisor to the sacrificial ceremonies of Santería allows initiates to profit right rite protocol in addition to provides outsiders a glimpse into this such a lot secretive international of the santeros.

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