Author: Michael Atwood Mason
Title: Living Santerí,a Rituals and Experiences in an Afro-Cuban Religion
Print Length: 176
Language: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Deutsch
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In 1992 Smithsonian anthropologist Michael Atwood Mason traveled to Cuba for initiation as a priest into the Santerí,a religion. Since then he has created an active oricha house and has initiated five others as priests. He is a rare combination: a scholar-practitioner who is equally fluent in his profession and his religion. Interweaving his roles as researcher and priest, Mason explores Santerí,a as a contemporary phenomenon and offers an understanding of its complexity through his own experiences and those of its many practitioners. Balancing deftly between a devotee’s account of participation and an anthropologist’s theoretical analysis, Living Santerí,a offers an original and insightful understanding of this growing religious tradition.