Santeria

noun
San·te·ria | \ˌsan-tə-ˈrē-ə, ˌsän-\
variants: or less commonly Santería

Definition of Santeria 

: a religion practiced originally in Cuba in which Yoruba deities are identified with Roman Catholic saints

First Known Use of Santeria

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Santeria

American Spanish santería, from santero practitioner of Santeria, from santo Yoruba deity, literally, saint's image, saint, from Spanish

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