Living Santeria

Rituals and Experiences in an Afro-Cuban Religion
Product Number: EB00667813
Released: Jun 21, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781588345486
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
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In 1992 Smithsonian anthropologist Michael Atwood Mason traveled to Cuba for initiation as a priest into the Santeria religion. Since then he has created an active oricha "house" and has initiated five others as priests. He is a rare combination: a scholar-practitioner who is equally fluent in his profession and his religion. Interweaving his roles as researcher and priest, Mason explores Santeria as a contemporary phenomenon and offers an understanding of its complexity through his own experiences and those of its many practitioners. Balancing deftly between a devotee's account of participation and an anthropologist's theoretical analysis, Living Santeria offers an original and insightful understanding of this growing religious tradition.

Genre: History, Religion
Original Publish Date: Jun 21, 2016

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