I'm sorry but you are wrong about Santeria being Christopagan. The Rules of Lucumi is a pagan faith that only syncretizes for the sake of outsiders getting a general idea of what the different beings are. Even then, the syncretizing is almost always exclusive to just comparing Lucumi saints to Catholic saints.
For example, my guardian angel is Ochosi. The angel of divine justice, hunting, animals, the forest, and witchcraft. His closest catholic counterparts are Saint Norbert & Saint John The Baptist. There are plenty of similarities between the two, but as you read further you begin to understand that they are not the same being and it was just a mild comparison in hopes that people will open their minds about who the Lucumi Saints really are and stop calling them demons. The comparisons started when the African slaves were basically being told you are christian or you are dead. When they were forced in such a manner they even went as far as including a crucifix into their practice(among other things), and some people today still use the crucifix out of ignorance. Once again I will repeat: The Rules of Lucumi(Santeria) and Palo Monte(Paleria) have absolutely nothing to do with christianity, in fact it is the complete opposite... Why would they truly hold any faith to a religion that threatened death upon them?
I was going to say this. You beat me to it ,but,I have found ,some people DO combine the two . I live in nyc ,and despite their Santeria practices,these people go to church .Christian church .
Marie Laveau of voodoo fame was the same .
She was a quadroon ,born a free woman of color ,so she never hid her faith .
She practiced voodoo by night,and went to church ,every single day.
So many stories about her are exaggerated ,but I'm sure this one is not .
That being said ,witches,in the celtic druidic pagan sense ,are very different in practice ,from afrocarribean "witches".
People who claim to be a christian witch,or a jewish witch ,as I've come across those too ,are merely people who need something in their lives,to feel as if they have control over their lives
praying to their moms god,doesnt fulfill their wishes,so lighting a candle to hecate ,or isis ,all decorated by the local witch ,at 25$ a pop ,somehow will fix their love life,or money problems .
And sometimes,I'm sure it works,but these people aren't true pagans,by any means
Edited by Simbi Laveau, 10 May 2013 - 12:21 PM.