Santería – Lucumí with Steven Cherena & Eric Purdue

During the 19th century, African slaves brought to Cuba continued to worship and revere their own Gods and spirits from their original Yoruba religion, but masked as Catholic Saints. These gods and sprits are called Orisha, and they form the backbone of the African diaspora religion Santería, otherwise known as Lucumí. There are many aspects of Lucumí which make it very unique, including initiation, divination, ancestors, and so much more. Giving the listeners a well-rounded introduction to this austere tradition are Santeros Steven Cherena and Eric Purdue!

Steven Cherena is a Santero Olorisa of Elegba, Olu Aña & Osanyin, Tata Nganga. He is also a Freemason, and has explored many varied forms of Spirituality and Esotericism. He incredibly active in the Santería/Lucumí community around Miami, Florida.

Eric Purdue has studied and practiced magic as well as Astrology for well over 30 years. He is a Santero/Olorisha in Afro-Cuban Lucumí as well as a noted scholar on the subjects of Medieval Astrology and Traditional Magical systems. For the last decade, Eric has taken it on himself to do the first translation into English since 1651 of Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy. Eric is available for Astrological Consultations and more through his personal Website.

Show Notes

Santería/Lucumí is a living and oral tradition for the most part. Much of the information available online should be taken with a grain of salt. The links above have been confirmed with both of my guests for this episode. Be wary of anyone online who is claiming to be an authority and asking for money to learn about Santería/Lucumí.

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