Una visión sobre la experiencia en Santería En esta fascinante obra, Migene González-Wippler comparte sus experiencias como aprendiz y practicante de esta religión. A través de la lectura conocerá personajes extraordinarios y será testigo de episodios increíbles.
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A Santero recommended this book to me because I have recently become interested in the Religion. It's a great starter. It has a lot of information on the very clandestine practices of the religion. It teaches a lot about the orishas, initiation ceremonies, and the history of the religion. Gonzalez-Wippler also includes some VERY interesting anecdotes.... I would recommend reading the book just for these anecdotes.
Still, the book definitely contains some misinformation. The author even admits that, when writing other books (and earlier versions of this book), the initiates from whom she sought information, told her lies so that outsiders would not be let in on the very private practices of the religion. I feel that that might still be true for this book.
I was even more suspicious about the accuracy of this book because, in her discussion of Brazilian candomblé, she misspelled nearly all of the terms she used. How can you trust that her information...
What a great book to learn about something so different from our usual beliefs. I highly recommend this to people of all religions who are not closed minded or judgmental of other cultural religions. This book goes into the historical roots of the religion in Africa, through the islands, and then, basically, to Cuba and Puerto Rico (and to Miami in South Florida). It does get somewhat overwhelming with all the names of the Saints, and what they mean to the culture. However, after a couple chapters, it all starts to come together. It is extremely accurate and informative. A must for anyone who is interested in comparative religious studies, or those interested in African based religions. This book has had very high reviews--from highly respected officials in medical offices in South Florida. There are many many pictures of rituals in the book. A must have! This is a keeper for your library--not a read and share.
This book provides an overview into the traditional Santeria religion in the Caribbean. It is somewhat informative and what it is sorely missing is some sort of cohesion. The information seems scattered at times and the writing is lacking. There are not sufficient sources to support the book and it should only be used as a point of reference but not as the sole one.
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