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

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813030517
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 7/24/2006
  • Series: Contemporary Cuba Series
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 889,292
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Foreword
Preface
Introduction 1
1 The Struggle against Illness 10
2 Cuba and the Formation of Santeria 28
3 Etiology and Healing 47
4 Pantheon and Rituals 81
5 Healing, Curing, and the Self 109
6 Experiences of Healing 128
7 A Critique of Santeria 158
8 Conclusion 173
App. 1 Herbs and Plants 179
App. 2 An Examination of Santeria Consultations 181
App. 3 List of Narrators 183
Notes 185
Glossary 187
Bibliography 191
Index 199
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