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Latinstar9: Santeria May Be The Religion You Have Needed

By Enrique Martinez

Santeria may be the answer you have been looking for if you are seeking a colorful and deeply spiritual religion that encompasses all aspects of being. Religious beliefs vary the world over and people are highly sensitive about this subject. For some, the religion taught to them by their parents is fulfillment enough. For others, they yearn for different teachings and another way of viewing spirituality.

Santeria is a centuries old religion that was first founded far back in 1515. Its roots originated in the exotic lands of Cuba and Brazil and it is a somewhat eclectic form of spirituality. Yoruba was the traditional religion of the West African community that originated in southwestern Nigeria. It incorporates the worship of many of the Catholic saints who, for Yorubans, came to represent their Orishas.

The Yoruban religion was called La Regla Lucumi and encompassed a belief in the manifestation of aspects of the God force, called Orishas. This religion was forced to evolve into Santeria when the Yoruban people were forcibly sold into slavery and re-homed to the Caribbean islands.

These peoples faith was deeply ingrained into the daily rhythms of their lives and they could not simply abandon it. The Yorubans were resourceful and intelligent and found a way to fuse the two religions so that they could worship the Orishas under a different guise.

Being a resourceful and intelligent group of individuals they found ways to associate the Catholic saints with each of the Orisha to correspond with their spiritual practices. There are nine different Orisha, namely Eleggua, Olorum, Obatala, Yemaya, Oya, Babalu Aye, Ochosi, Oggun and Chango.

Santeria has several levels of initiation and is a complicated and diverse, but very rewarding religious path. Should you feel drawn to pursue it, take time to study its practices and get in touch with people in the Santeria community who can give you more information about it. This will make it clearer to you if this is the right religion for you.

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Martinez, Enrique "Latinstar9: Santeria May Be The Religion You Have Needed." Latinstar9: Santeria May Be The Religion You Have Needed. 21 Jun. 2010. 13 Feb 2016 <>.

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Martinez, E (2010, June 21). Latinstar9: Santeria May Be The Religion You Have Needed. Retrieved February 13, 2016, from

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Martinez, Enrique "Latinstar9: Santeria May Be The Religion You Have Needed"

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