Month: October 2014


Santeria in Houston 2 : Like binary code

Divination plays a major role in the religion, said UH anthropologist Susan Rasmussen. Priestess Perry has been trained to enlist the Orishas in foretelling the future through the casting of sacred cowrie shells. Her husband, Rony, a higher-level priest or babalawo, can employ the Ifa system, relating the patterns ofRead More

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Santeria : Faith in suburban Houston

Disciples fill a suburban Houston home for a day of worship as chanting emanates from a sheet-curtained side room in which she divines the future and enacts other secret rituals. Perry, a priestess, feels a deep spiritual connection to a saint-like “patron” called Ogun and predicts events channeling other spiritsRead More

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