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Sacrificial Ceremonies Of Santeria: A Complete Gui
by Ocha'ni Lele

ISBN: 9781594774553
PUBLISHER: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 256
PUBLICATION DATE: 31.10.2012
DIMENSIONS: 229mmX152mmX20mm 500grams

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* Explains the animal sacrifice ceremony in step-by-step detail * Shares the ancient African sacred stories that reveal the well-thought-out metaphysics and spirituality behind the practice of animal sacrifice * Chronicles the legal fight all the way to its 1993 U.S. Supreme Court victory to establish legal protection for the santeria faith and its practitioners Tackling the biggest controversy surrounding his faith, Santeria priest Ocha'ni Lele explains for the first time in print the practice and importance of animal sacrifice as a religious sacrament. Describing the animal sacrifice ceremony in step-by-step detail, including the songs and chants used, he examines the thinking and metaphysics behind the ritual and reveals the deep connections to the odu of the diloggun-the source of all practices in this Afro-Cuban faith. Tracing the legal battle spearheaded by Oba Ernesto Pichardo, head of the Church of the Lukumi of Babaluaiye, over the right to practise animal sacrifice as a religious sacrament, Lele chronicles the fight all the way to its 1993 U.S. Supreme Court victory, which established legal protection for the Santeria faith and its practitioners. Weaving together oral fragments stemming from the ancient Yoruba of West Africa, the author reconstructs their sacred stories or patakis, that demonstrate the well-thought-out metaphysics and spirituality behind the practice of ani

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