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What the Holy Bible Says About Santeria

Updated on September 16, 2016

Origins of Santeria

Santeria, also referred to as, La Religión, Regla de Ocha, La Regla Lucumí or Lukumi, is a very old religion which you can find practiced all over the U.S. and beyond. When African slaves were brought to America, they bought their language and religion. Also referred to as witchcraft, or Voodoo.

Santeria is practiced in Puerto Rico, Brazil, Santa Domingo, all across South American, Caribbean, Haiti, and all over the United States. Slaved married the native peoples of the islands they were taken to and with the mixing of people the passing on of this religion.

The Practice of Santeria

Many practiced in secret because they were forbidden to practice openly. They used their religion to ask their gods for help, healing and freedom. Later in countries where Catholicism was the main religion, the priest allowed them to practice their religion if they promised to become Catholics. That is why you will see many of Catholic symbols represented in this religion.

Though strongly practiced among Hispanics and blacks, people of all races, cultures and social standings practice Santeria. If you have no religious knowledge, you would think it was a benign cultural religion practiced by people who related to that culture. But it is more than that.

Ex-Santeria Priest Testimony

How I became Involved in Santeria

In my 20's I became involved with Santeria, when I had knocked on a stranger's door to let them know there door was open. A very nice women invited me in, and later told me, when I cam to her door, she saw a huge African Spirit, behind me. She went on to tell me, the was a spirit that protected me.for me.

This woman became my comadre and began the process of cleansing by the blessing of the head, I was then taken to the Babaalawo, who told me who my orishas were. and how my comadre was to proceed with me. I then received my elekas., and made my madam. I was also told I had to make make Orcha or be crowned in the religion as a priestess. I found the process very exciting, as I was coming out of a very difficult time in my life, and everyone was kind and accepting of me.

Animal Sacrifices

One evening I attended a ceremony for one of my brothers in the religion. The Babaalawo came into the room, and opened a case of ceremonial knives. A goat was brought into the room and its throat was cut and its blood drained into a wooden bowl. This event so shook my life I asked God, why were people still sacrificing animals? I heard his voice tell me that Jesus was the lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world. From that day, I began to distance myself from my godmother and Santeria.

About a year later I gave my heart to the Lord Jesus Christ and became Born Again. I realized that the Jesus was all I needed, for salvation, healing guidance, protection and inspiration. Today I am serving God, as an ordained minister and Prophet of God. For more on that read: Set Free from Demonic Oppression and Voodoo Practiced in the U.S. today.


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The Orisha or Spirit Guides

ORISHA: The Orishas are the so-called emissaries (spirit guides) of Olodumare (God). They rule over the forces of nature and the endeavors of humanity. They manifest themselves at drumming parties by possessing a priest or priestess.


Psalm 103:19 - The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and His kingdom ruleth over all.


Embe: A drumming party given to give honor to the Orisha (spirits)


Psalm 9:2 - Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

Trance Possession

Trance Possession

Trance Possession: A trance possession usually takes place at a bembe (a drumming party for the orishias). The Orisha (spirit guide) is invited to join the party by entering into one of the priests. This is referred to as being ‘mounted’ by the Orate or that the Orate has come down from heaven to be with them.


2Kings 17:17- And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.


Oshos: Know as the warrior. He is the hunter and the scout of the Orishas (spirits).


Psalm 24:8 - Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.


Elekes: Beaded necklaces representing the Orishas (spirits). Receiving you elekes is the first passage into the religion. They represent a tearing away from your old life and walking in the way of the Orishas (spirits) from the time one receives them, they are under the spiritual care of your godmother’s or godfather’s Orishas (spirit guides)


2Kings 22:17 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched.


Elegba: Also referred to as Elegua. He is believed to be the owner of the road and doors to this world. They believe that nothing can be done in the spirit or natural world without his permission. He must be the first one called.


John14: 6 - Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.


Yemaya: She lives and rules over the seas and lake. Her full name is Yeye Omo Eja, meaning Mother whose children are the fish.


Genesis 1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called the Seas: and God saw that it was good.


Oggun: (St. Peter) God of iron, war and labor. The brother of Chango. He is the first one to be fed after animal sacrifice.


Psalm 24:8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
Jeremiah 51:20 Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms


Chango: (The Catholic St. Barbara) Chango is the most popular of the Orishas. Shango rules over lightning, thunder, fire, the drums and dance. He is said to be strong willed and hot blooded. He represents the love of food dance, song, and women.


Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Deuteronomy 4:24 For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

Madama Doll, used for guidance and protection
Madama Doll, used for guidance and protection


Obatala: (Our Lady of Mercy) He represents the friendly father of all the Orishas and all humanity. He is considered the owner of all heads and the mind.


Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.


Oya:Oya is the ruler of the winds, the whirlwind and the gates of the cemetery. She rules over the dead.


John 11:43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. v44 And he that was dead came forth...

Jeremiah 30:23 Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.

Oshun:Rules over the brooks, steams and rivers, love and fertility. Most often approach about money matters.


Psalm 24:2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

Psalm 113:9 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.

7 African Powers some interchangeable with Catholic Saints
7 African Powers some interchangeable with Catholic Saints


Orunmila: Represents wisdom and divination. His priests the babalawos or “Fathers of the Secrets” must devote themselves entirely to the practice of divination.


Jeremiah 14:14

Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.

Testimony of a High Priest who Left Santeria

Last Word

The bible is very explicit on how God feels about the practice of the occult. Even though spiritualist, mediums and the pursuit of the paranormal are now mainstream and be made popular by television shows, God has not changed His mind about the matter.

My involvement in this was during the darkest period of my life. For everything that is real, there is a counterfeit; and the occult is a counterfeit tries to mimic true Spirituality. When you open that dark door, you open yourself to dark and demonic spirit that can eventually take you far away from God and His peace.

The devil knew that God had a purpose for my life and he wanted to abort my destiny. Because the hand of the Lord was on my life, the enemy could not have me. Who the Son sets free, is free indeed! Four years later, I gave my heat to the Lord and later went into ministry.

If you have been involved in the Santeria or the occult on any level, you can change your direction find forgiveness, healing and deliverance, through Jesus Christ. If you want to worship a god, worship the God of All Gods! He will not fail you for forsake you.

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

How to Break the Curse Associated with Santeria

Father God, I believe that Jesus Christ is your son, and that died for my sins. I have been involved in witchcraft, Santeria, and demonic practices. I ask that you forgive me for my sins. I reject Satan and all his power. I reject Santeria, I reject tarot cards, I reject everything I have done that is not pleasing to you. Satan, I want no part of you, or your works. Jesus, wash me in your blood, and take over my life. I receive you as my Savior, in Jesus Name, Amen!


Now, clean your home. by removing everything associated with Santeria and dispose of it. That means, elikas, madamas, clothes used for rituals books, pictures of santos, records, anything sewn into pillows or dolls, anything given to you for luck, any item given to your by anyone in the religion, candles used in prayers, incense, plates, Soperas De Santo (soup bowels), and statues!


Invite Christians into your home to have them anoint it with oil and bless your home!

Excerpts from Looking at Hell from this Side of Heaven, by me Pamela Lipscomb.


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      Pamela Lipscomb 10 days ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thank you Rex! Keep praying for the Church. Keep praying for me.

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      Denise Phyllis 5 weeks ago

      These demons are very tricky. They are the original WATCHERS. 200 in number and very, very evil....LOOK AT WEST AFRICA and know that these demons want human suffering to be hell on earth. Please READ THE BOOK OF ENOCH. RUN FROM THIS DEMONIC PRACTICE FROM HELL. Nothing but the blood of Jesus is needed for all things are found in him.

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      Rex Mwape 5 weeks ago

      Great article prophetess Pamela. Such articles provoke my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by praying more. It is a very inspiring testimony I encourage you to keep sharing across the world because many are in darkness and need to be delivered and redeemed in Jesus name. Amen

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      Lucy 11 months ago

      Oh, here we go again: do you really think that if there has been a satanic take over of this planet with media, government, and finance in the hands of satanists, did you really think you'd find divinity in a controlled-opposition judeo/xian/Muslim mainstream religion? Did you ever consider you're following the wolf in Shepherd's clothing? It works much better than sheep's clothing. There is no spiritual protection in mainstream controlled opposition religions that have you worship false archonic inversions of the creator God. I really don't want to continue this conversation because you may have already have placed yourself in jeopardy with your defamatory attitude towards the Orishas. it's like biting the hand that feeds you.

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      Lucy 11 months ago

      In case you need to know exactly where you went wrong: it was incredibly smug and foolish of you to repeat the Christian missionary LIES about our DIVINE AFRICAN KING OF KINGS! This was incredibly foolish of you. Now you know. Many are jaded to the true sense of divinity because the mainstream controlled opposition Abrahamic false religions are designed to create cognitive dissonance and distort reality. And you're in for a rude awakening.

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      John Pierre 18 months ago

      There is an mildly insane rapper called Gunplay Don Logan he's from Puerto Rico he scrambled my life a scrambling he made insane everywhere i go but thank god and glory to Jesus Christ i'm saved from this website and the knowledge of knowing him more about his truth and his origin you google him if u want to know more about him!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Jessica, thanks your for your comments. You do not have to justify your journey to me, nor do I have to justify mine to you.

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      Jessica 3 years ago

      It's so sad to read the words of close minded judgemental people. As a personal who attended 9 years of Christian school and had the word of God drilled in them, as I got older I had a void. I saught to fill this void by researching other religions/faiths. I,m now am involved with Lucumi faith which otherwise is called Santeria. I researched and asked questions and gained full understanding before I proceeded with this journey. I have found it is those who judge first and don't bother to inquire and be fully educated on something, that are the most ignorant. We are supposed to live amongst each other in peace even tho some views are not agreed upon. Not, if you don't see it my way your wrong and "evil". I will pray for you.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Wendy, I do not accept any belief that is not rooted in Holy Scripture!

      Leviticus 19:31 'Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.' Deuteronomy 18:10-13

      Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.

      You must be blameless before the LORD your God.

      The Bible is not to be a prop, to be placed on an alter, but to be used direction for our lives and how to have a direct relationship with him. There is not God but God!

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      WendyRose 3 years ago

      It is a shame that in your zeal you ignorantly trash the faith of others. Those who worship the Bible trip themselves up because they claim to speak for the God of Love yet instead use this book as a club to persecute and offend others. It is a great thing that this country was founded on religious freedom and that practitioners of the Orisha honoring faiths will continue to worship as we are by law allowed to do. You should try to actually practice what Jesus taught, which was Love to thy Neighbors. If there ever was a mind-controlling cult, it is those who worship the Bible blindly with hatred and vengeance instead of actually doing what Jesus said!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      X, Becoming a Christian has nothing to do with being trained. It is a matter of having an intimate relationship with God. It is a matter of turning your whole being to love and serve Him. Faith is not something you see, but something your embrace, without seeing. If you repent of your sins, God will make you clean and forgive you for every wrongdoing. As far as God being white, He is neither black, nor white, God is a spirit and a spirit has no color.

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      3 years ago

      I was trained to be a Christian because the USA is a Christian nation , I was always spiritual and something about the Religion of Christianity was very discriminatory towards anyone who wasn't white and male. I no longer prescribe to a white male heavenly father (where's the heavenly mother?) or a white male heavenly son (where's the heavenly daughter?) this is all male white supremacy at its best, and if you don't believe you're gonna burn in hell for eternity. Bull shit total bullshit. There is nothing demonic about people of color having their own religion , it's only demonic because it doesn't fit white male supremacy.

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      Olorisha777 3 years ago

      I assure you I am not deceived! It's human flaws that can taint ANY religion. Why is it when one is allegedly happy and content with their faith that they have to run to tear down and condemn someone else's belief? I don't understand why this happens.

      Not everyone who is a priest of Ocha is involved in Palo Mayombe. Here's a fun fact, many times it IS the Ocha who will forbid a priest to practice Palo Mayombe. Now why would that be? Evil and demonic fighting against itself? I don't think so.

      In reading many of the biblical books such as Leviticus, I find them to be very anti-female and violent. Why is this? Because bottom line is that these texts were written by human men; any gospel that was written by a female was either destroyed or omitted.

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      Oba Oro 3 years ago

      Don't forget to tell them to cut off their head and throw that away too...

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      Obatala's Daughter 3 years ago

      What misguided and ignorant people. "If it ain't Go, it ain't good."? .... a "cult"? I don't even know where to start here because nothing I can say will allow you to see past your noses. First off, you don't think it's strange no other religious followers in the WORLD are less tolerant, practice true spirituality less, and less educated that overzealous Christians and extremist Muslims? That those two followings are the only ones who will not abide others in other religions to live peacefully in their faith without condemning them or allow them to openly help others in their own way out of the kindness of their hearts without turning up your noses and making your disgust known. I bet you still think gays are going to hell and all war is evil too. As a lover of Christ and as a devoted lover of Santeria and the Orishas......AND as someone who's studied religion formally for 17 years.... you're "sickness" of spirit and this direct opinion you tout as standard is all psychology and has very little to do with actual spirituality. Look up the actual meaning of a "cult" and compare your actions and words here with the description. Become educated for the sake of God. Literally. The Lord you describe as ever loving, tolerant, and forgiving in all things would find your judgement of others disgraceful. He told you you had no right to judge...that is for God. But you sit here judging and spitting hatred or condemnation with every word......making your entire argument void by lack of integrity.

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      Olorisha777 3 years ago

      You have obviously gone through a bad experience due to individual persons. The Orishas are NOT evil! In fact this ancient African religion pre-dates Christianity and Islam!

      Please do NOT throw your Orishas away. Put them in a closet or give them to your former godparent or even just leave them at a botanica as a last resort. People can be evil and misuse power, but the Orishas are aspects of God.

      I can think of countless cases of abuses by preachers, etc in Christian churches. With Ifa and Orishas I found my salvation which always eluded me within Christianity, might I add that I was mistreated worse than a dog by so called 'Christians.' So I can respect the beliefs of others, but I disagree vehemently when someone is throwing stones at my faith and giving advice to others that can carry serious consequence for their own spiritual well being.

      If any of you have read the Gnostic Gospels you will see what the God of the Christians really is about. Jesus actually was showing people the real way to enlightenment which was twisted by Paul. Notice how different the God of the New Testament is from the God of the Old Testament? That's because it's NOT the same God. lol

      I never heard of any of the Orishas saying "I am jealous, don't worship any God but me or else I'm going to smite you." But those words of fear and anger are heard throughout the Old Testament.

      I know I'm igniting a firestorm here, but I have to speak the truth. There are multiple sides to every story.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Please read what the Holy Bible, that tells you exactly how God feels about these practices. You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

      Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

      Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

      2Chronicles 33:6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

      Leviticus 20:27 A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.

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      Oshun 5 years ago

      Why should you worry about other's beliefs? Be and let others be. For the world to be the world, there has to be of everything. I am a proud,PROUD,proud, Santera. Even prouder about the fact that this religion teaches me to love others the way they are, not to judge, to be at peace, and to be understanding. Exactly what god wants.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      editorsupremo, It all has it's root from Africa, when slave were sent to different ports and sold, this religious with them. This Santeria can be found just about everywhere. Some who practice have told me, they only work for good. But if it ain't God, it can't be good.

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      Fascinating hub. I've never heard of Santeria but the practises sound very similar to obia practised on the Islands, notably Jamaica.

      Thank God you got out that gurl!!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Rahcelle, I am so glad God got me out of this stuff. Who the Son sets free, is free indeed!

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      Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      You know this one is right up my alley. I have already tweeted it & voted up. Great Hub!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Bitingtruths, I was a Christian only in name. I never repented of my sins and asked Jesus to come into my heart and be the Lord of my life. In short,I was religious. If I was a true Christian, I would have never become involved in this Cult. Now that I have given my heart to the Lord I have the peace and answers I was searching for.

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      Bitingtruths 5 years ago from Mumbai


      Nice post. It's always good to follow a religion or spiritual practices, as you did in your youth, and outgrow it and find something else. Like you found Christianity perhaps your religious faith suits you and it is necessary for your spiritual health. Follow your path move forward undaunted perhaps you will make new discoveries. If you do not find any thing new then your faith has served you well and you did the right thing by adhering to it.

      God bless

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      WOW Faithful Daughter. I am so glad God set you free. You know I had the same struggle writing these hubs. I felt the old spirit trying to 1. pull on me, especially Yemaya and and felt them trying to make me fearful to write about it. Our God is the God over all gods! Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you! You writer your story my sister...write your story.

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      Evi Lopez 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You have written an awesome hub. I had started to write a book about my past in this and could not finish it. I got sick in my spirit every time I recalled things to write about.

      I was born surrounded by this religion and I was also a Palo Mayombe priestess. I have been redeemed and delivered from these deceiving and demonic cults. Hopefully others that are experimenting or are deep in this will read your hub and come out of it like you and I did. There are many hubbers here that are santeros and babalawos educating others about their cult. If they only knew they are being deceived.

      Voted up and useful.