[ sahn-tuh-ree-uh ]
/ ˌsɑn təˈri ə /
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(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 United States by Cuban emigrés.
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British Dictionary definitions for Santería
/ (ˌsæntəˈrɪə) /
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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