Santeria meaning

săntə-rēə, sän-
A religion of the Caribbean region that originated in Cuba, based on Yoruban deities worshiped as Roman Catholic saints in rites that sometimes include the sacrifice of animals.
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An African-based religion similar to voodoo, originating in Cuba, which combines the worship of traditional Yoruban deities with the worship of Roman Catholic saints.
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Alternative form of santería.
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Origin of santeria

  • From American Spanish santería worship of saints from Spanish santo saint from Old Spanish from Late Latin sānctus saint

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition