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By Kristine Juncker

ISBN-10: 0813049709

ISBN-13: 9780813049700

“Challenges the reader in provocative new methods. issues to the salient name to motion provided by way of neighborhood Santería and Espiritismo arts, ritual, functionality, and different cultural types in addressing center questions of historical past, legacy, and new beginnings.”—Suzanne Preston Blier, writer of Royal Arts of Africa

 

“A a lot wanted learn of the way during which the non secular artwork of ladies is a primary size of Afro-Cuban non secular ritual, either within the private and non-private spheres.”—Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, writer of Afro-Cuban Theology

 

From a plantation in Havana Province within the Eighties to a spiritual middle in Spanish Harlem within the Nineteen Sixties, this booklet profiles 4 generations of ladies from one Afro-Cuban spiritual relatives. the ladies have been attached via their fashionable roles as leaders within the religions they practiced and the dramatic ritual art they created. every one was once a medium in Espiritismo—communicating with useless ancestors for tips or insight—and additionally a santera, or priest of Santería, who may possibly have interaction the oricha pantheon.

Kristine Juncker argues that through growing artwork for multiple faith those ladies shatter the preferred assumption that Afro-Caribbean religions are unique firms. The portraiture, sculptures, and images in Afro-Cuban non secular Arts supply infrequent and memorable glimpses into the rituals and iconography of Espiritismo and Santería. Santería altars are heavily guarded, restricted to initiates, and customarily destroyed upon the loss of life of the santera whereas Espiritismo artifacts are hardly ever thought of helpful sufficient to cross on. the original and protean cultural legacy certain right here unearths how ritual artwork turned well known imagery, sparked a much wider discussion approximately tradition inheritance, attracted new practitioners, and enabled Afro-Cuban non secular expression to blow up internationally.

 

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34 Defining syncretism as a symbiotic relationship between two religions, Herskovits underscored his sense that non-Western religions could survive only by combining their practices with those of the dominant Western religions. The theory of syncretism was meant to apply generally to many cultures, and Herskovits relied on Ortiz’s scholarship in his discussion of Afro-Atlantic religions. 2 shows, Herskovits tended to rely on his own field research only as a secondary source. 39 It seems, with so many and varied comparisons among different deities and belief systems, that both Ortiz and Nina Rodrigues wrote with at least one eye aimed at European readers.

Importantly, though, a concrete syncretic relationship between saints and oricha seems to have been embraced by some for political reasons. 72 As culturally diverse national symbols, the trendy, iconic images of the Catholic saints even became a vehicle for product advertising. 73 Beyond the dozens of articles discussing different Afro-Cuban religious practices, Bohemia also published short fiction on Afro-Cuban religions. One of the more prominent examples is the 1950 piece by Gerardo Del Valle entitled “Cuento cubano: Ella no creía en bilongos” (bilongos are packets of prepared herbs and offerings that are often left at an altar).

O) Ortiz, The Black Sorcerers. ” (R) Ramos, O negro brasileiro. (S) Seabrook, The Magic Island. (W) Wirkus and Dudley, The White King of La Gonave. 3. S. S. S. (urban North) e e c d Source: Adapted from Herskovits, “Problem, Method, and Theory in Afroamerican Studies,” 53. Notes: a = very African; b = quite African; c = somewhat African; d = a little African; e = trace of African customs or absent; ? = no report Religion Magic Art Folklore Music Language a a b a a b a a e a a c a a d a a c b b e a a c a a b a a a a a e a a c c b e b b d a b e d a b a a b b a a b a e a a c a a e a a a b b e a b c b a e b c e a a e b a e c b e b b d c b e b ?

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