An Intro List to Legit Books on Lucumi (Santeria)
Post Beyonce's #Lemonade, I've received an unusual number of requests for books that provide reliable information on my spiritual practice (Lucumi, known to many as Santeria). I was initiated as a priest in 2012, and the books below have been super helpful (of course nothing will ever replace an elder!).
- •Santeria by Joseph Murphy
- •On the Orishas' Roads and Pathways: Oshun Deity of Femininity by Miguel W. Ramos
- •Obi Agban by Miguel W. Ramos
- •Ewe Osain by William J. Irizary
- •Santeria Enthroned by David H. Brown
- •Black Gods: Orisa Studies in the New World by John Mason
- •Olodumare: God in Yoruba Belief by E. Bolaji Idowu
- •Guide to Afro-Cuban Herbalism by Dalia Quiros-Moran
- •The Altar of my Soul: The Living Traditions of Santeria by Marta Morena Vega
- •Finding Soul on the Path of Orisa: A West African Spiritual Tradition by Tobe Melora Correal
- •Of Water and Spirit by Malidome SomeThis book isn't about Lucumi, but I included it here because it is the very first book I read about ATR's and led me down my spiritual path.
- •A Year in White by C. Lynn Carr
- •Tales of Yoruba Gods and Heroes by Harold Courlander
- •Flash of the Spirit by Robert Farris Thompson