Definition of santeria in English:

santeria

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Pronunciation: /ˌsantɛˈriːə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 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.

Origin

Spanish, literally 'holiness'.

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