In this episode we talk to River Devora, Santera and Heathen, and learn about what Santeria is and is not. What are the misconceptions, and how much has been distorted or twisted by fear? Why do other pagans fear this tradition? What role does racism play in the reactions of people who are outside the tradition? What about animal sacrifice? How do we show respect, not only to this tradition, but to those who practice it?
River Devora is a multi-trad spirit worker, medium, and clergyperson. She has been actively involved in pagan and polytheist communities since 1994, and has led numerous classes and rituals. She initiated as a community priestess with Waxing Muse Coven in 1996, made Ocha to Ochun in 2011, and is oathed to Odin, Freyr, Loki, Juksakka, the Morrigan and the Matronae. She leads a monthly online and in-person class series on polytheist practice called Strong Roots and Wide Branches. She lives with her living and non-living family in a quiet home with a bossy garden.