What is Santeria?
What is Santeria? Santeria also known as Regla de Ocha or the Lucumí religion is an old religion descendant from West Africa and the Caribbean, with some influences of the Catholicism Romans. The word “Santeria” is a Spanish word meaning “devotion to the saints”, the Saints are also called Orishas or Gods . This African religion has a profound sense of ethics, sacred stories and proverbs transmitted from generation to generation by priests as part of oral tradition. While some secrets are kept as sacred, the religion aims to help individuals to live in harmony with themselves, the world and others. The religion combines influences of the Caribbean traditions and Catholicism, since our ancestors in African were stolen from their home lands as slaves, and their masters wanted them to worship their catholic deities, to keep their believes our forefathers needed to trick their masters into believe that they were worshiping the catholic saints. This makes Santeria a little complex because it blends the Orishas with the Catholic saints, although they are not the same, they had some similarities. This is why some statues are used in our Yoruba altars, like the Saint Barbara or Saint Lazarus. For a long time the religion was somewhat secret keeping itself away from persecution, it survived as an oral tradition passed down from generation to generation, through initiation ceremonies celebrated on a very tight community. Time passed and the religion started to spread through the United States, Europe and South America and the world gaining a great deal of followers, believers and popularity. Since our traditions aren’t written, they could get lost on these modern days. That’s the reason why here at My Yoruba we provide valuable information to our brothers and sister around the world. With the knowledge of our brother, father and founder, Manny Muñoz, we wish to unite the Yoruba religion as one big family and preserve our traditions and wisdom. Who is the Santero? A Santero is a priest that presides over rituals and ceremonies. He also communicates with Orishas by a variety of methods such as divination, possession, readings ect. To be a Santero someone with great devotion must pass a series of ceremonies, default tests, this is a requirements and a tradition. A Santero overall must understand the Orishas so he can interact with them and help his god kids with difficult situations in life. As part of a Santeros ceremony, we must identify which Oricha gets crowed in our head to start our journey in the world.. Ache Please visit our shop!
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