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"Santeria "represents the first in-depth, scholarly account of a profound way of wisdom that is growing in importance in America today. A professional academic and himself a participant in the Santeria" "community of the Bronx for several years, Joseph Murphy offers a powerful description and insightful analysis of this African/Cuban religion. He traces the survival of an ancient spiritual path from its West African Yoruba origins, through nearly two centuries of slavery in the New World, to its presence in the urban centers of the United States, where it continues to inspire seekers with its compelling vision.
About the Author
Joseph M. Murphy, Takoma Park, Maryland, is the Paul J. and Chandler M. Tagliabue Distinguished Professor in Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Georgetown University. He is the author of many works on religion including "Santeria: An African Religion in America; Working the Spirit: Ceremonies of the African Diaspora", and "Osun across the Waters: A Yoruba Goddess in Africa and the Americas", coedited with Mei-Mei Sanford.
Informative and a joy to read. . . . It strikes a balance between participation and observation in an explanation of Santeria that will please believer and scholar alike. --Shaman's Drum