Santeria Books

Santeria Books
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Santería is a syncretic religion of Caribbean origin, also known as Regla de Ocha, La Regla Lucumi, or Lukumi.[1][2] The word "santería", often used by colonial Europeans to describe the religion of Africans whose origins are Yoruba (present-day Nigeria and its surrounding environs), can be loosely translated from Spanish as the "Way of the Saints". The Africans, however, called themselves: "O lukumi" or "my friend". This term may have emerged from the consolidation of African beliefs and culture under the banner of a colonizing country, in this case, Spain. It formed the basis for a new "people", united under oppression.

The priests are known as Babaolorishas, "fathers of orisha", and priestesses as Iyalorishas, "mothers of orisha", and serve as the junior Ile or second in the hierarchical religious structure. The Babalorishas and Iyalorishas are referred to as "Santeros(as)" and if they function as diviners of the Orishas they can be considered Oriates. The highest level of achievement is to become a priest of Ifá (ee-fah). Ifa Priests receive Orunmila who is the Orisha of Prophecy, Wisdom and all Knowledge. Ifa Priests are known by their titles such as "Babalawo" or "Father Who Knows the Secrets." In the recent years there have been initiations of "Iyanifa" or "Mother of Destiny," but their role as Ifa diviners is not generally accepted per the Odu Ifa Irete Intelu which states women cannot be in the presence of Olofin or Igba Iwa Odu and therefore cannot be initiated as divining priestesses. Instead women are initiates as Apetebi Ifa and are considered senior in Ifa to all but fully initiated Babalawos. However, since Santeria developed outside of its West African origin and acquired various influences of catholicism, kongolese religion, spiritism and dahomean influences, the opinions of other side (west african or cuban) have little relevance for either tradition. There is even West African evidence as well as in Brazil that women in Ifa priesthood, albeit small, may actually be in existence for a number of centuries, especially since some religious houses of the Candomble tradition were founded by iyanifa. There is some regional variation to acceptance of women being initiated to Ifa even in Nigeria, while it is more common than not for women to be accepted in those areas. But the regional practices may have actually contributed to Cuba's restriction of women in Ifa priesthood perhaps due to the practices and theological opinions of one group overruling that of another within Yorubaland. The most well known Orishas are; Elegua,[3] Oggún, Oshún, Changó, Oyá, Obatalá, Yemayá and Orula. These are the most common Orisha names, especially in Cuba.

Santeria Formulary & Spellbook; Candles, Herbs, Incense & Oils
by Carlos Montenegro

A “How to” guide for worshipper of the Santeria Religion. It’s purpose is to introduce an inexpensive way of preparing basic ingredients...
Santeria Experience
by Migene Gonzalez Wippler

The author unveils for us the strange and beautiful rituals that derive from the syncretism of Roman Catholicism, early forced on the Yoruba slaves. . .
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Powers of the Orisha
During the slave trade, the Yoruba of southwestern Nigeria who were brought to Cuba were forbidden the practice of their religion . . .
Rituals & Spells of Santeria
Santeria is an earth religion. That is, it is a magicoreligious system that has its roots in nature and natural forces. Each orisha. . .
Santeria: The Religion
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 is Santeria...
Aganjú; Santeria and the Orisha of the Volcano and Wilderness
by Raul Canizares

Orisha Aganjú is the personified spirit of the volcano and of the open spaces of wilderness in the Lukumi/Santería tradition. . .
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Babalu Aye; Santeria and the Lord of Pestilence
by Raul Canizares

Babalu is the god of suffering. He teaches his worshippers to cope with misfortunes (particularly disease). . .
Eshu Elegua; Santeria and the Orisha of the Crossroads
by Raul Canizares

Elegua is the opener of the doors; the messenger of the gods; he is a great diviner who does not need an oracle to see the future. . .
Shango; Santeria and the Orisha of Thunder
Shango came over to America in the hearts of his devotees...
Ogun; Santeria and the Master of Iron
Oya; Santeria and the Orisha of the Winds
by Raul Canizares

Oya, queen of the Nupe, warrior wife of the great king of the Yoruba, Shango. Strong as an ox and more potent than lightning, Oya rules over storms, witchcraft. . .
Yemaya; Santeria and the Queen of the Seven Seas
by Raul Canizares

Yemaya is depicted in Cuban Santeria as an example of how a queen should act. She is majestic yet not snobbish, exquisitely attired yet not gaudy. . .
Osanyin; Santeria and the Lord of Plants
by Raul Canizares

Osanyin is the personification of the power of healing locked up in herbs, leaves, barks and roots. He knows all. . .
by Raul Canizares

Orunla; Santeria and the Orisha of Divination

In Cuban Santeria, Orunla(also called Ifa, Orunmila and Orula)holds a unique position. People initiated into the mysteries of any other Orisha are taught that Orunla's Priests, the Babalawo, are intrinsically and hierarchically superior to all others. In fact, it is said that a man of great age can be a Priest of any other Orisha for many decades, attaining greta prestige and power, yet a little boy just initiated to the mysteries of Ifa is considered the old man's elder!
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Oshun; Santeria and Orisha of Love and Sensuality
by Raul Canizares

Oshun is the Deity of river waters and is also seen as the embodiment of love and sexuality. She represents the joy of life. . .
Obatala; Santeria and the White Robed King of the Orisha
by Raul Canizares

Obatala; Santeria and the White Robed King of the Orisha

To call an Orisha the Chief of Wihte Cloth is to make a symbolic referince to that substance which makes consciousness is a reference to the fabric which binds the universe together.
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Cuban Santeria
by Raul Canizares

Cuban Santeria; Walking With The Night (with 8-page color insert)

Initiated into Santeria at the age of seven, Raul Canizares unveils the secret world of this rapidly growing Afro-Cuban religion. With the knowledge of an insider and the insight of a scholar, Canizares examines the practice of Santeria, revealing its hidden dimensions and unique mix of African, Cuban, and Catholic traditions.
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by Ocha'ni Lele The Orishas, Sacrifices & Prohibitions Of Cuban Santeria (Hardcover)

More than a tool of divination, the diloggun is a powerful transformational process. Ocha'ni Lele explores this Afro-Cuban oracle from the perspective of Orisha worship, and the lore surrounding it. The text includes the major considerations for sacrifice, providing the diviner ways to supplicate the Orishas; demonstrates how to properly end a reading so that negative vibrations are removed; and thoroughly explores each of the twelve families of Odu-from Okana through Ejila Shebora. For those seeking the ancient wisdom of Africa, this guide is a must-have!
Obi: Oracle of Cuban Santeria
by Ocha'ni Lele

Obi is the first book to fully explore the sacred body of lore surrounding the orisha Obi, as well as his particular rituals and customs, including opening considerations, casting and interpreting the oracle, and employing advanced methods of divination.
Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination
How To Cast The Diloggun, The Oracle Of The Orishas

by Ocha'ni Lele

The first book to provide complete, specific instructions on casting the Diloggun, the cowrie-shell oracle of the Orishas -- Provides step-by-step instructions never before published, detailing requirements and procedure for casting the Diloggun -- Includes a detailed "mojuba" or prayer used to awaken the Orishas (spirit entities) for divination -- Devotes an entire chapter to each of the twelve basic Odu (random patterns in which the sixteen shells fall), providing ritual mechanics and oracular meanings for all possible castings...
Sacred Sounds of Santeria
Rhythms Of The Orishas (CD) by Canizares, Raul; Practitioners of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria believe that powerful spirit forces-orishas-provide guidance and inspiration in the form of song. Listening intently creates a bridge between God and humankind that releases the orisha's healing power. Sacred Sounds of Santeria includes rare field recordings made in Cuba in the 1950s during actual Santeria rituals, and studio recordings of songs featuring 40 of the most gifted soloists, choral singers, and drummers on the island.
The Book on Palo
This is one of the few books on the Palo tradition in English. I know from personal communications with the author, that this book was truly. . .