Santeria The Religion, Migene Gonzalez-Wippler, 1989
Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN, 1996
When the Yoruba of West Africa were brought to Cuba as slaves, they preserved their religious heritage by disguising their gods as Catholic saints and worshiping them in secret.  The resulting religion was Santeria, a blend of primitive magic and Catholicism now practiced by an estimated five million Hispanic Americans.

I really liked this book, as I found it gave in-depth descriptions in easy to read chapters for the various facets of the religion.  Chapters include: What Is Santeria?, The Santero: Priest of Santeria, Ewe: Magical Herbs, The Initiations, and Spells and Magic, among many others.  I would recommend this book to anyone looking to learn more about Santeria.

Migene Gonzalez-Wippler was born in Puerto Rico and has degrees in psychology and anthropology from the University of Puerto Rico and from Columbia University.  She is a cultural anthropologist and lectures frequently at colleges in New York.  She is the noted author of many books on religion and mysticism, including Santeria: African Magic in Latin America.
 


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