By Marta Moreno Vega
Lengthy cloaked in protecting secrecy, demonized by means of Western society, and distorted by means of Hollywood, Santería is ultimately rising from the shadows with an expected seventy five million orisha fans world wide. within the Altar of My Soul, Marta Moreno Vega recounts the compelling actual tale of her trip from lack of awareness and skepticism to initiation as a Yoruba priestess within the Santería faith. This unforgettable religious memoir unearths the long-hidden roots and traditions of a centuries-old religion that originated at the shorelines of West Africa.
As an Afro-Puerto Rican baby within the big apple barrio, Marta paid little heed to the storefront botanicas filled with religious paraphernalia or to the Catholic saints with international names: Yemayá, Ellegua, Shangó. As an grownup, looking for a faith that might mirror her racial and cultural historical past, Marta used to be ended in the way in which of the Saints. She got here to grasp Santería in detail via its prayers and rituals, drumming and dancing, trances and divination that spark sacred therapeutic strength for kin, non secular progress, and repair to others. Written by way of one that is a professor and a santera priestess, The Altar of My Soul lays ahead of us an electrifying and encouraging faith--one handed down from iteration to iteration that vitalizes the sacred strength essential to construct a relatives, a group, and a powerful, loving society.