The Focus of Cuban Santeria

  title={The Focus of Cuban Santeria},
  author={W. Bascom},
  journal={Southwestern Journal of Anthropology},
  pages={64 - 68}
  • W. Bascom
  • Published 1950
  • History
  • Southwestern Journal of Anthropology
T HE WORSHIP of African deities, as it is practised in Cuba today, is known as santeria. The deities and the men and women who work with them are known by the Spanish words santos, santeros, and santeras, or by the Yoruba words orisha, babalorisha, and iyalorisha. Santeria is a vital, growing institution, practised throughout the entire length of the island, in both rural and urban areas; in the latter, in fact, it is probably the strongest. In recent years it seems to have been expanding… Expand