Divine Utterances: The Performance of Afro-Cuban Santeria / Edition 1

Divine Utterances: The Performance of Afro-Cuban Santeria / Edition 1

by Katherine J. Hagedorn
     
 

In Divine Utterances, Katherine J. Hagedorn explores the enduring cultural and spiritual power of the music of Afro-Cuban Santería and the process by which it has been transformed for a secular audience. She focuses on the integral connections between sacred music performances and the dramatizations of theatrical troupes, especially the

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In Divine Utterances, Katherine J. Hagedorn explores the enduring cultural and spiritual power of the music of Afro-Cuban Santería and the process by which it has been transformed for a secular audience. She focuses on the integral connections between sacred music performances and the dramatizations of theatrical troupes, especially the state-sponsored Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba, and examines the complex relationships involving race, politics, and religion in Cuba. The music that Hagedorn describes is rooted in Afro-Cuban religious tradition and today pervades a secular performances that can produce a trance in audience members in the same way as a traditional religious ceremony.

Hagedorn's analysis is deeply informed by her experiences in Cuba as a woman, scholar, and apprentice batá drummer. She argues that constructions of race and gender, the politics of pre- and post-Revolutionary Cuba, the economics of tourism, and contemporary practices within Santería have contributed to a blurring of boundaries betwen the sacred and the folkloric. As both modes now vie for primacy in Cuba's burgeoning tourist trade, what had once been the music of a marginalized group is now a cultural expression of national pride.

The compact disc that accompanies the book includes examples of twenty songs to the orichas, or Afro-Cuban deities, performed by prominent musicians, including Lázaro Ros, Francisco Aguabella, Alberto Villarreal, and Zenaida Armenteros.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560989479
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Edition description:
BOOK & CD
Pages:
316
Sales rank:
1,462,295
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Recorded Tracks
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Notes on Fieldwork: Dreaming Ogun17
2El Espectaculo: Invitation to the Dance44
3Embodying the Sacred in Afro-Cuban Performance: Negotiating the Rules of Engagement73
4Blurring the Boundaries: Merging Sacred and Profane107
5The Birth of the Conjunto Folklorico136
6Sacred Crimes: Criminalizing the Sacred in Historical Perspective173
7Resolver and Religious Tourism in Cuba203
Conclusion234
Glossary241
Discography256
Filmography259
References261
Index287

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