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Also known as Lucumi or Ocha, Santeria has its origins in the Yorùbá religion of West Africa and the Caribbean, and is a combination of different beliefs, melding practices of voodoo, Catholicism, and sometimes American Indian traditions. The tradition evolved into what is now known as Santeria as it reached Cuba, combining elements of Catholicism as a means of preserving traditional beliefs while allowing the appearance of assimilation into Western society. Santeria has no central creed, but is recognized through its rituals and ceremonies.



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