Shedding Blood in Sacred Bowls

Does American religious liberty extend to animal sacrifice? That's for the Supreme Court to decide.

THE BEIGE STUCCO HOUSE IN MIAMI'S western suburbs looks too tidy and typical to hint at what transpires inside. But the noises give it away: chanting, bleating, squawking, cooing. At the back of the house, in a white-tiled, surgically clean room, sits an old woman in a white dress. She will remain there for an entire week, eating and resting and praying. The remainder of her initiation into the priesthood of Santeria -- literally, "saint worship" -- will take an entire year, during which she must wear only white, remain celibate and eat only prescribed foods.

She is joined for her...

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