FC: Santeria Santeria how it
1: -Caribbean religion -originated in Yoruba (African) indigenous religion -combined with Catholic elements -spread from South to Central and then North America
2: African slaves, transported to the Caribbean, were forcibly baptised.
3: Saints were equated with Orishas as an aid to memory.
4: Santeria is a respectful and devout religion, in which Orishas are worshipped lovingly with prayer and sacrifice.
5: Altars to the Orishas may include statues, candles and beads. | Bowls and vessels for offerings are other important components.
6: Some elements of Santeria may seem strange to believers of non-African faiths: the colorful beads, the art forms . . .
7: . . . and above all, the sacrifice. The energy contained in blood of an animal sacrifice opens a channel of direct communication with the Orishas.
9: - Euless, TX, May, 2006: Santeria priest Jose Merced forbidden to sacrifice (neighbor complained) - "I don't like any kind of odd thing happening. I mean, I don't know? Maybe that's where they start and then go further with dogs and cats," the unidentified neighbor said. - Merced applied for a permit, was denied. "The police said, 'If I come back here, I'll arrest you and fine you.' That's being tolerant?" - 1993 Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc,. et al. v. City of Hialeah
10: Sources Cover photo: de la Cova, Antonio Rafael, "Santeria". Latin American Studies. 8/31/06.
11: Page 5 photos: Bread, Cuban. MySpace. 7/31/08.
12: Page 7 photos: Hoboken 411. "Santeria sacrifice in Hoboken?" 2008.
13: What factors are involved in the neighbors' (and community's) attitudes toward the Santeria sacrifices?