The 1st e-book to discover the background, tools, and pondering at the back of sacrifice within the starting to be Santería religion
• Explains the animal sacrifice rite in step by step element
• stocks the traditional African sacred tales that show the well-thought-out metaphysics and spirituality in the back of the perform of animal sacrifice
• Chronicles the felony struggle the entire solution to its 1993 U.S. excellent courtroom victory to set up criminal defense for the Santería religion and its practitioners
Tackling the largest controversy surrounding his religion, Santería priest Ócha’ni Lele explains for the 1st time in print the perform and significance of animal sacrifice as a spiritual sacrament. Describing the animal sacrifice rite in step by step element, together with the songs and chants used, he examines the considering and metaphysics at the back of the ritual and divulges the deep connections to the odu of the diloggún--the resource of all practices during this Afro-Cuban religion.
Tracing the felony conflict spearheaded via Oba Ernesto Pichardo, head of the Church of the Lukumi of Babaluaiye, over the suitable to perform animal sacrifice as a spiritual sacrament, Lele chronicles the struggle all of the solution to its 1993 U.S. ultimate court docket victory, which verified felony defense for the Santería religion and its practitioners. Weaving jointly oral fragments stemming from the traditional Yoruba of West Africa, the writer reconstructs their sacred tales, or patakís, that display the well-thought-out metaphysics and spirituality in the back of the perform of animal sacrifice within the Yoruba and Santería faith, together with factors approximately why every one animal should be considered as meals for either people and the orisha in addition to how sacrifice isn't really constrained to animals.
Shedding gentle at the remarkable international development of this faith over the last 50 years, Lele’s advisor to the sacrificial ceremonies of Santería permits initiates to profit right rite protocol in addition to offers outsiders a glimpse into this such a lot secretive global of the santeros.