Afro-Caribbean

Sotomayor Overturned Prison Regulations to Allow Santeria-Practicing Convicts to Wear Beads

June 22, 2009

Author: Fadia Galindo

Source: CNSNews.com

http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=49870

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, told the State of New York in 1994 that it must allow prison inmates who practice Santeria to wear multi-colored beads. Santeria is a sect that combines African religious traditions with elements drawn from Roman Catholicism.

In the case of Campos...

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World Of Santeria Includes Southern California

February 14, 2009

Author: Tony Castro

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_11708670

The crucifix adorning the gate and a life-size figure of a Buddha on the porch suggest the home is religious. But you won't recognize the faith until you go inside and find Charles Guelperin going through his morning Santeria rituals.

In a study filled with unusual objects, Guelperin meditates with his forehead on an urn representing Obatala, the holiest of...

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Desire to Reconnect Rekindles Vodou Among Younger Haitian-Americans

February 6, 2009

Author: Georgia East

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-flbvodou0206sbfeb06,0,1655908.story

Ricardo Petit-Homme left Haiti when he was 4, and was raised a staunch Catholic.

"From christening to penance and then confirmation, I did it all," the 30-year-old interior decorator said.

But not that long ago, he felt spiritually disconnected. He had...

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Rastafarian Can Seek Trial On Religious Discrimination, Court Says

December 3, 2008

Author: Religion News Service

Source: Dan Ring

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17068

Massachusetts' high court on Tuesday (Dec. 2) ruled that a Rastafarian man is entitled to a trial on possible religious discrimination for refusing to cut his hair or beard to comply with Jiffy Lube's policy on grooming.

The state Supreme Judicial Court ruled for Bobby T. Brown, a Rastafarian and former lube technician at a Jiffy Lube in Hadley,...

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SJC Rules in Favor of Rastafarian Who Alleged Discrimination

December 2, 2008

Author: Martin Finucane

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2008/12/sjc_win_for_ras.html?p1=Well_MostPop_Emailed7

The right of a business to control its public image doesn’t trump workers’ right to dress or groom themselves differently if they are required to do so by their religious beliefs, the state’s highest court ruled today.

The...

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Haitian-Americans' Voodoo Ritual Honors the Dead

November 29, 2008

Author: Jennifer Kay

Source: The Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6137867.html

Goat meat stewing on the stove and sweet potatoes baking in the oven. Cooked fish, complete with bones and eyeballs. Spicy peppers soaked in bottles of rum.

The food is an offering to the spirits expected to dance among the revelers at Voodoo priest Erol Josue's Miami...

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Hub Gallery to Show Haitian Voodoo Flags

October 16, 2008

Author: Daniela Caride

Source: The Bay State Banner

http://www.baystatebanner.com/arts44-2008-10-16

Mermaids and Catholic saints. Pyramids, hearts and ceremonial candles. Not exactly the dark, frightening, black-magic-worshipping imagery one might conjure up when thinking of Voodoo (spelled “Vodou” or “Voudou” in other parts of the world).

But these dazzling images — combining a variety of spiritual and...

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Priest Fights For Santeria Followers in Coral Gables

September 22, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/sep/22/me-priest-fights-for-santeria-followers/

Jesus Suarez, a Santeria priest, had slit the throat of one goat that June afternoon. He had three more goats, two sheep and 44 chickens to go.

But before he could finish the ritual sacrifice, Coral Gables police swarmed the house where he and about 20 other followers of the Afro-...

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Devotees of West African Faith Gather Near San Bernardino

August 31, 2008

Author: David Olson

Source: The Press Enterprise

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_W_orisa31.496ba6a.html

The sounds of chanting, drumming and traditional West African music streamed Saturday afternoon from a backyard near San Bernardino, as about 100 people gathered for the biggest festival of the Orisa religion in southern California.

The yard belongs to two of the West Coast's best-known...

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Santeria Priest Won't Let Religious Freedom Be Sacrificed

August 11, 2008

Author: Richard Fausset

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-santeria11-2008aug11,0,7248211.story

Jesus Suarez, a Santeria priest, had slit the throat of one goat that June afternoon. He had three more goats, two sheep and 44 chickens to go.

But before he could finish the ritual sacrifice, Coral Gables police swarmed the house where he and some 20 other...

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Revered by the Castros and Their Opponents

July 28, 2008

Author: Marc Lacey

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/28/world/americas/28cuba.html?em&ex=1217390400&en=cc3ea75cbba2e93c&ei=5087%0A

The most bizarre offering that the Rev. Jorge Alejandro has witnessed at Cuba’s most cherished shrine came from the man who bent down and began clipping his toenails. One by one, the man deposited them at the altar, among the many other...

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Santeria Leaders Hope Tolerance of Faith's Rituals Spreads

July 27, 2008

Author: Mike Clary

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-flbsanteria0727sbjul27,0,3756634.story

Although Santeria has been widely practiced in South Florida for decades, the Afro-Cuban religion, which at times includes animal sacrifices, remains cloaked in mystery and sensation.

Just last year, police staged an armed raid on a Coral Gables home...

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