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© Arlette Montilla
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In a trip to Margarita Island (Venezuela) we met this special people: spiritists, healers and santeros, believers of Santeria - a considered pagane religion, fusion of yoruba's african natives religion and roman catholic religion. I just tried to make a documentary of this experience and share it with you. Open your mind and enjoy...

Inside the Spiritist's house there was this room. Dark and full of lighted candles. The sacreed place, the altar. I realized that she also practices "Santeria" (The Way of the Saints), a fusion of the religion of Yoruba's tribes of Africa and Roman Catholic Church religion.

She told me the origins of "Santeria" date back to the slave trade when Yoruba natives were forcibly transported from Africa to the Caribbean. They were typically baptized by the Roman Catholic church upon arrival, and their native practices were suppressed. They developed a novel way of keeping their old beliefs alive by equating the each gods of their traditional religions with a corresponding Christian Saint.

In Venezuela some famous people of our independance have been related to "Santeria" then you can find them in altars, and are named in many prays.

In the A matter of faith photo essay.

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  • Susan Risk

    Susan Risk said (14 Feb 2008):

    This is a great photo but didn't get my vote because it is too blurry.

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