Sacrificial Ceremonies Of Santeria - A Complete Guide To The Rituals And Practices

by Ocha'Ni Lele

  • 242 Page Soft Cover Book

Tackling the biggest controversy surrounding his faith, Santeria priest Ocha'ni Lele explains for the first time in print the practice and importance of animal sacrifice as a religious sacrament. Describing the animal sacrifice ceremony in step-by-step detail, including the songs and chants used, he examines the thinking and metaphysics behind the ritual and reveals the deep connections to the odu of the diloggun - the source of all practices in this Afro-Cuban faith.

Tracing the legal battle spearheaded by Oba Ernesto Pichardo, head of the Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, over the right to practice animal sacrifice as a religious sacrement, lele chronicles the fight all the way to its 1993 U.S. Supreme Court Victory, which established legal protection for the Santeria faith and its practitioners. Weaving together oral fragments stemming from the ancient Yoruba of West Africa and from their descendanta who were forcibly relocated to Cuba via the slave trade, the author reconstructs the sacred stories, or patakis, that demonstrate the well thought out metaphysics and spirituality behind the practice of animal sacrifice in the Santeria religion. The patakis explain why each sacrifical animal can be regarded as food for both humans and the orishas as well as how the theme of sacrifice is central to this Afro-Cuban religion.

Shedding light on the extraordinary global growth of this religion over the past 50 years, Lele's guide to the sacrifical ceremonies of Santeria enables initiates to learn proper ceremonial protocol and gives outsiders a glimpse into the most secretive world of the santeros. 

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