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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2010, 13:51 
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Santeria, still misunderstood

Llewellyn.com - Santeria is a Caribbean tradition that originated with certain African slaves revering their deities in the Christian framework that was imposed on them once they were forced from their homelands. Thus the deities of the Western African Yoruba pantheon, or orishas, became “saints” by association and Santeria is the worship of those saints. It is practiced today in the United States (and elsewhere, obviously), mostly by Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Venezuelans, Colombians, Dominicans, and other people of Latin American extraction, both black and white. As is the case with syncretistic religions, it is no longer the same faith as that practiced by the Yoruba people in Africa, but a unique melding of it with Catholicism, the slavery experience, the new environments in which it came to be, and many other factors. That’s it in a very teensy nutshell.

Though Santeria differs from Wiccan and other Neopagan faiths greatly, being what Isaac Bonewits would term a “Mesopagan” religion, their plight in the US today is of great interest to the wider Pagan community. They share many commonalities with Pagans – their religion is misunderstood, they are of a minority faith, they are polytheistic, they are engaged in legal battles on many fronts to protect their faith and practices, and they are often made into a scapegoat. In fact, Santeros often have it worse than Wiccans as they have routinely been blamed (along with Satanists) whenever any gruesome animal remains turn up because animal sacrifice is a living part of their tradition. However, animal sacrifice is a way of honoring deity, and does not mean mutilation or torture, which almost always is the work of disturbed teenagers rather than any truly spiritual ritual.

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PostPosted: 14 Jan 2010, 15:07 
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Animal sacrifice is often misunderstood, because it is originally a slaughter ritual -- offering parts of the slaughtered animal to some deity.

Greek mythology contains what's likely a rationale for offering the less-edible parts: the story of Prometheus tricking Zeus into accepting those parts instead of the tastier parts.

But the God of the Bible does not seem to object; in the story of Noah's Flood, he enjoys the smell of burnt remains.


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PostPosted: 14 Jan 2010, 15:32 
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Exactly--- for most animal sacrifice, the animal is eaten afterwards in a communal feast.

Like Thanksgiving. A ritual sacrifice. With pie.

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PostPosted: 14 Jan 2010, 20:50 
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This thread is quite timely given Pat Robertson's fatwa.


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