santeria

Santería

[sahn-tuh-ree-uh]
noun
(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.
Also, Santeria.


Origin:
1980–85; < American Spanish, = santer(o) person practicing Santería (Spanish sant(o) saint + -ero < Latin -ārius -ary) + -ía -ia

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Santeria (ˌsæntəˈrɪə)
 
n
a Caribbean religion composed of elements from both traditional African religion and Roman Catholicism
 
[American Spanish, literally: holiness]

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santeria
Afro-Cuban religion, 1950, from Sp., lit. "holiness, sanctity."
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