Santeria for Beginners. A Brief Beginners Guide to Santeria History, Practices, Deities, Spells and Rituals
List of chapters included in the book
Getting to Know Santeria
Beliefs and Practices
The Secrecy of Santeria
Comparing Santeria to Other African Religions
Frequently Asked Questions
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The Ultimate Information Guide for Santeria
If your knowledge of Santeria only goes so far as the reference in the 90s song by Sublime, you have a lot to learn. The word “Santeria” is translated from the Spanish for “worship of saints”, though that translation alone doesn’t really paint an accurate picture of what Santeria is all about. Not only does Santeria involve the worship of saints (called Orishas), but it is also a quest for enlightenment and kinship with God.
By the time you finish this book you will have a thorough understanding of what Santeria is and how it is practiced. You may even decide to give it a try for yourself!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Her “day job” working in a metaphysical bookstore gives her access to plentiful reading and research material, but she also meets a lot of questioning people daily. “Learning where people are on their own path is so fulfilling for me,” she says. “The questions people bring to their personal quest fascinate and motivate me. There are so many ways of being in the world, and I want to understand them all.”
Deeply influenced by the work of comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell, Starr still lists The Power of Myth as her favorite book. “We all have forces at work in our daily lives we try to understand,” she says, “and we all tell ourselves stories to get through the day.”
After caring for an elderly aunt who was a dementia patient, Starr was shocked when someone suggested the experience might have left her open to demonic possession. “That really sent me digging into demonology to try to understand where that explanation would come from!” she said. “That’s when I discovered a powerful trove of demon lore and of course, I had to write about it.”
Now Star sees writing as part of her personal path, likening the gathering of information and the sharing of the material to a kind of active meditation. “If we get back what we put out into the universe,” Star says, “I want to make sure I’m sending the clearest signal possible.”
She keeps herself open to all ideas and all philosophies. “There’s just no one way to express or experience this miracle of existence,” she says. “I really don’t know who or what is running the show, so I try to be nice to priests and oak trees. That’s not a joke. All life and all belief is sacred.”
Above all, she holds to the key moral tenet of her Wiccan faith, The Wiccan Rede, “An Ye harm none, do what ye will.”
WHAT READERS SAY
Good choice for education purchase
Good explanations of what santeria is. Very clear and understandable. Any reader will be able to follow to the end.
– BLANCA R CORDERO
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