Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye

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For the U.S. Supreme Court case, see Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah

Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye (CLBA) is a Santería church in Hialeah, Florida. The church practices Cuba's regional Lukumi form of Santería.

CLBA was founded and incorporated in 1974 by Oba Ernesto Pichardo and his associates. In the 1980s, the church decided to begin public services in Hialeah. The city of Hialeah responded by passing four ordinances which outlawed animal sacrifice. The dispute between the church and Hialeah went to the United States Supreme Court. The ensuing case was resolved in CLBA's favor.


  • J. Gordon Melton (1996). Encyclopedia of American Religions (Detroit, Mich.: Gale) p. 797

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