Santeria Healing: A Journey into the Afro-Cuban World of Divinities, Spirits, and Sorcery / Edition 1

Santeria Healing: A Journey into the Afro-Cuban World of Divinities, Spirits, and Sorcery / Edition 1

by Johan Wedel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813026946

ISBN-13: 9780813026947

Pub. Date: 12/28/2003

Publisher: University Press of Florida

Wedel's account will appeal to scholars and others interested in Santería, Cuba, and religious healing. Santería--with roots in Africa and the slave trade and rituals including divination, animal sacrifice, and possession trance--would seem an anachronism in the modern world. Still, Wedel argues, it offers treatment and ideas about illness that are…  See more details below

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Wedel's account will appeal to scholars and others interested in Santería, Cuba, and religious healing. Santería--with roots in Africa and the slave trade and rituals including divination, animal sacrifice, and possession trance--would seem an anachronism in the modern world. Still, Wedel argues, it offers treatment and ideas about illness that are flourishing and even spreading in the face of Western medicine. He shows that Santería healing is best understood as a transformation of the self, allowing the patient to experience the world in a new way. He grounds his analysis of Santería in lively and sometimes frightening narratives in which people reveal in their own words the experience of illness, sorcery, and healing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813026947
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
Contemporary Cuba
Edition description:
First
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Foreword
Preface
Introduction1
1The Struggle against Illness10
2Cuba and the Formation of Santeria28
3Etiology and Healing47
4Pantheon and Rituals81
5Healing, Curing, and the Self109
6Experiences of Healing128
7A Critique of Santeria158
8Conclusion173
App. 1Herbs and Plants179
App. 2An Examination of Santeria Consultations181
App. 3List of Narrators183
Notes185
Glossary187
Bibliography191
Index199

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