Babalawo, Santeria's High Priests

Babalawo, Santeria's High Priests

Fathers of the Secrets in Afro-Cuban Ifá

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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Cuban Ifá From An Insider

Hidden within the mysterious Afro-Cuban religion of Santería, also known as Lucumí, there is a deep body of secrets and rituals called Ifá. This book pulls away the veil of secrecy to reveal exactly what Ifá is and how it works, exploring its history, cosmology, Orichas, initiations, mythology, offerings, and sacrifices. Join Frank Baba Eyiogbe in this fascinating introduction that discusses the functions of the babalawo, the role of women, the future of Ifá, and much more.

"A wonderful and much needed addition to the literature on Afro-Cuban religion. Engagingly written, scholarly while remaining accessible . . . it presents an up-to-date exposition of both the history and contemporary philosophy of one of the world's most complex systems of divination."mdash;Stephan Palmié, Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago and author of The Cooking of History: How Not to Study Afro-Cuban Religion

Publisher: Woodbury, Minn. : Llewellyn Publications, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780738739618
Branch Call Number: 299.674 EYIOGBE
Characteristics: xvii, 221 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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An interesting introspective to a rare but widely popularized Caribbean religion that blends elements of pre-existing African, American and European beliefs and rituals.

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