“Sanse is the practice of the whole world. It is for everyone. It truly accepts anyone and everyone. Everyone has Spirits, and Sanse acknowledges and respects not some, BUT ALL of a person’s Spirits and their Cuadro . . . Esto es una luz tan linda…this is such a beautiful spiritual light (for the world)”
A Tradition of Beauty
My goal with this page is to provide my personal experience of the Sanse tradition, as well as preserve the origination of the work. Because each teacher is guided by their individual spirits, each temple has it’s own perspective. But, there are truths that are universal and need to be preserved. Every year as our tradition grows, so does the clarity of these truths. I believe the temple I am initiated through, the Watch Us Rise Temple, has preserved the Sanse tradition impeccably. Our Papa of the temple is born from the bloodline which created Sanse.
I am a Mambo Sansista and work with the spirits for the betterment of people’s lives and spiritual progression. I offer these writings as an educational tool. Any further spiritual work you are interested in can only come from training and initiation with a Papa or Mambo. If you are interested, please contact us. We are an international society and have teachers for you wherever you are living. Our temple is non-prejudiced and strives to support and empower people from every walk of life.
Sanse Espiritismo – Watch Us Rise Temple
In Sanse, the priestess or priest makes connections with a pantheon of spirits. These spirits are evolved. They help people progress in life. Sanse combines 21 Divisions with the Taíno people’s ancient Shaman practices, Brujeria, and Curanderismo. 21 Divisions blossomed from the Vodou traditions of Africa. Both Sanse and 21 Divisions have preserved traditional Vodou spirits, the Lwa, through the images of Spanish Saints. Sanse, however, evolved as it culminated with Spiritism from France.
These Caribbean traditions stand alone but are linked by the law. The rich culture of Sanse strives to balance the universal energies of light and dark. As healers and brujas, a Sansista is a visionary for the light. Sanse spiritualism is centered around non-conservative Catholic beliefs. In my opinion, this was a good way to keep alive pagan earth traditions in a changing world.
I am a Sanse priestess working within the Gade Nou Leve Society. This society is run by Houngan Hector, who is the world’s leading Sanse priest, head of the International Society, and carries in his bloodline the origination of Sanse. As a family member of this temple, I am given the true and real teachings of this art. In honor of the teachings Houngan Hector has passed down, I feel it is my duty to carry this beautiful tradition forward. I offer Sanse teachings because the work is a solid spiritual path.
List of terms which apply to this tradition
A shaman is similar to a curandero in that they play a role as healer and spiritual leader in their community.
Had its origins among the Arawak tribes of the Orinoco Delta, gradually spreading from Venezuela across the Antilles in waves of voyaging. Settlement begun around 400 B.C. Mingling with people already established in the Caribbean, they developed self-sufficient communities on the island of Hispaniola, in what is now Haiti and the Dominican Republic; in Jamaica and eastern Cuba; in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas.
Caribbean Brujas combine Catholic ritual and beliefs with 21 Divisions Vodou, and Espiritismo. This group includes priestesses and priests. With the use of folk magic and witchcraft they perform a range of services. With the large immigration into North American, brujería has naturally gone there as well. The brujas of America are either traditionalists, combine brujería with Vodou, or have constructed a modern style.
A curandero is most typically found in Mexican American and or Mexican folk healing. They are the spiritual and healing leaders in their respective communities.
Known as Espiritismo in Spanish, is the belief in the power and ability of spirits to affect human life. This type of spiritualism is practiced by many Caribbean peoples, as well as citizens of Latin America. Practitioners believe that both good and evil spirits exist, and that both types of supernatural beings are able to affect the health and luck of human beings at will.
Originated in the French slave colony of Saint-Domingue in the 18th century, when African religious practice was actively suppressed and enslaved Africans were forced to convert to Christianity. Religious practices of contemporary Vodou are descended from, and closely related to, West African Vodun as practiced by the Fonand Ewe. Vodou also incorporates elements and symbolism from other African peoples including the Yorùbá and Bakongo; as well as Taíno religious beliefs, and European spirituality including Roman Catholic Christianity, European mysticism, Freemasonry, and other influences.
A yerbero is person who is a specialist in herbs and plants. This person is highly knowledgeable of the uses and remedies that different herbs and plants can offer to patients in need of treatment. They are commonly associated with pharmacists in the western tradition.