Definition of santero in English:


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Pronunciation: /sanˈtɛːrəʊ

noun (plural santeros)

  • 1(In Mexico and Spanish-speaking areas of the south-western US) a person who makes religious images: a visual arts show will include five works by santero Patrocinio Barela
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    • While his works and those of many other accomplished santeros are painted, the Spanish colonial tradition also includes nonpainted santos.
    • Unfortunately (at least, given the demands of orientalist discourse), as exotic as santero art might be, all the early santeros were male.
    • These days there are so many santeros (crafters of santos) that one enthusiastic collector says, ‘It's like there's a wood-carver behind every tree.’
  • 2A priest of the santeria religious cult.
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    • A Manhattan-based santero priestess describes mercury as ‘a magnet that brings luck and love.’
    • As an anglo santero, for example, you might be playing out the roles inscribed by colonial culture, but you're enacting a taboo - ‘going native.’
    • Have you considered going to a santero (I'm not sure if the same term is used in Candomblé) and asking for help or advice?



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