Definition of Santeria in English:


Syllabification: San·te·ri·a
Pronunciation: /ˌsantəˈrēə
(also Santería)


  • A pantheistic Afro-Cuban religious cult developed from the beliefs and customs of the Yoruba people and incorporating some elements of the Catholic religion.
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    • What's the difference between voodoo, hoodoo, santeria, and candomble?
    • Bored by the slogans and hard labor, she eventually is drawn to the African-Cuban religion santeria, giving her some spiritual peace before her death.
    • Many of those who call themselves Catholics are also adherents of an Afro-Cuban religious tradition known as santeria.


Spanish, literally 'holiness'.

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