Santería is an Afro-Cuban religion that arose out of the cultural clash of Christianity and African Yoruba beliefs that occurred when slaves were brought to the Americas. As the faith system of marginalized, persecuted people, Santería sought to strengthen an oppressed people's will to survive. With the exodus of Cuban refugees immediately following Castro's revolution in 1959, Santería came to the United States, which is gradually coming to recognize it as a legitimate religion. While his book offers a balanced, informed survey of Santería, De La Torre also provides insight into how Christianity and Santería can enter into dialogue - a dialogue that will challenge Christians to consider what this alternative faith tradition can teach them about their own. Enhanced with a dozen illustrations, twenty-two tables, and a glossary, De La Torre's Santería is a sensitive and wide-ranging introduction to a religion all too often shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding.