LUIS MANUEL NÚÑEZ
Until his death in 2006, Luis Manuel Núñez was conducting research in Brazil on the Afro-Brazilian religious traditions.
For his new book, Núñez collected the ancient stories told in Santería, a widely practiced religion resulting from the syncretism of Western African Yorùbá religion and Catholicism. These stories speak about the actions and conflicts of the divine ancestors of the Yorùbá slaves of Nigeria and have been retold for centuries by native-born Africans and their Cuban-born descendants during their sacred and secular dances, carnivals, and festivals throughout the Spanish and Portuguese colonies.
Paperback original, 400 pages, $22
Santería can conservatively claim one hundred million followers in North and Latin America. Núñez’s elegantly clear, authoritative, and practical guide to Santería worship describes the passions of the soul: hatred, jealously, fear, money, and jobs, hopeless betrayal, the misfortunes of ill health; the messages from Santería oracles, its sacrifices, and body healings.
A Practical Guide to Afro-Caribbean Magic
With a foreword by MICHAEL VENTURA
Kindle/Apple Books edition, $9.99