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I ask this because i am curious: How does Santeria work in regards to how santeros practice catholicism too?

I just found out there is a lot fo santeria background i my family. I just wanted to know because i was told i was a child of Obatala. (I do have a lot of birhtmarks)


Asked by boricuangel at 9:34 PM on Jul. 16, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Colonial laws criminalize their religion. They were forced to become baptized and worship a god their ancestors had not known who was surrounded by a pantheon of saints. The early concerns during this period seem to indicate a need for individual survival under harsh plantation conditions. iI order to preserve their authentic ancestral and traditional beliefs, the people had no choice but to disguise their orishas as Catholic saints.

    Answer by IhartU at 11:36 PM on Jul. 16, 2009

  • OBATALA - Is known as the parent of the Orishas and all human kind. This spiritual being is known to be the creator of the world and is a strong enforcer of justice. Obatala is strongly associated with characteristics of Wisdom, Peace, Moral, Compassion, Ethics and Purity. The saint he represents is "Our lady of Mercy". The colors that are associated with him are white but he is above all other colors in the spectrum and the number associated to his paths is the number eight as he is the parent or creator of the Orishas and Human Kind. Obtatala has a number of "Caminos" or "Paths", eight of them are females and eight of them are males.

    Obatala is a servant of the spiritual being known as "Olofi" and under his direction Obatala became the creator of mankind and the Orisha. Legend has it that Obatala took pleasure in drinking palm wine. CONTINUED...

    Answer by IhartU at 11:32 PM on Jul. 16, 2009

  • One day he ingested too much wine while performing his fashioning of the bodies of those to be born. Many of his creations were born with deformities due to his consumption of the palm wine. Olofi punished Obatala for his mistakes and forbade him from drinking palm wine while performing his most important task. All those who were born with deformities are considered to be children of Obatala and ridiculing them is not permitted. One common group of people that are known to be children of Obatala are the Albinos. As we mentioned earlier Obatala rules over the color white. Obatala threw a mantle of white over his children to prevent evil from touching them. In the province of Haiti Obatala is known as Damballah.


    Answer by IhartU at 11:32 PM on Jul. 16, 2009