The Religion is a horror novel written in 1982 by Nicholas Condé. It explores the ritual sacrifice of children to appease the pantheon of voodoo deities, through the currently used practice of Santería. This is by no mean accurate, as the practice of Santería has never practiced nor condoned the sacrifice of humans, much less children, but the novel depicts the various deities and personas commonly seen in Santería, and it attempts to explain the connection between Santería and voodoo.
This religion is huge, complex and living in our midsts. Sacrifices must be made to save the world, or so they believe. Anthropologist Cal Jamison intends to study 'Santaria' but finds himself hopelessly ensnared. Trying to help a NY cop discover the killers of several children, he gets in over his head and finds his 7-year-old son Chris is in jeopardy. What is the price needed to ensure good? Can he rescue Chris in time? Who are his friends and who are his enemies? Chilling!
The novel served as the basis for the 1987 feature film The Believers.