- (sometimes lowercase) a religion merging the worship of Yoruba deities with veneration of Roman Catholic saints: practiced in Cuba and spread to other parts of the Caribbean and to the U.S. by Cuban emigrés.
Origin of Santería
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- a Caribbean religion composed of elements from both traditional African religion and Roman Catholicism
Word Origin for Santeria
American Spanish, literally: holiness
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Afro-Cuban religion, 1950, from Spanish, literally "holiness, sanctity."
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