Healing Cultures: Art and Religion As Curative Practices in the Caribbean and Its Diaspora

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The Spanish expression?la cultura cura (culture heals)?is an affirmation of the potential healing power of a variety of cultural practices that together constitute the ethos of a people. What happens, however, when cultures themselves are in jeopardy? What are the "antidotes" or healing modalities for an ailing culture? Healing Cultures addresses these questions from a variety of disciplines?anthropology, holistic folk traditions, literature, film, cultural and religious studies?bringing together the broad range ...

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Overview

The Spanish expression—la cultura cura (culture heals)—is an affirmation of the potential healing power of a variety of cultural practices that together constitute the ethos of a people. What happens, however, when cultures themselves are in jeopardy? What are the "antidotes" or healing modalities for an ailing culture? Healing Cultures addresses these questions from a variety of disciplines—anthropology, holistic folk traditions, literature, film, cultural and religious studies—bringing together the broad range of beliefs and the spectrum of practices that have sustained the peoples and cultures of the Caribbean.

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Contributors from a number of fields consider the affirmation of the potential healing power of such cultural practices as religion, art, music, literature, folklore, and vernacular language, within a culture that itself is in jeopardy. Among the topics are African folk wisdom and popular medicine in Cuba, dolls and healing in a Santer<'i>a house, and an interview with poet and painter LeRoy Clarke. There is no index. The collection of 13 essays follows an earlier one, , Obeah, and the Caribbean/> (1997). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312218980
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Margarite Fernández Olmos is Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert is Professor of Caribbean and Latin American Literature at Vassar College.

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Table of Contents

Archipelago—LeRoy Clarke
• Acknowledgements
• Preface
• La Botánica Cultural: Ars Medica, Ars Poetica—Margarite Fernández Olmos
Part I: Healing Arts
• Ethnomedical (Folk) Healing in the Caribbean—Brian M. Du Toit
• Black Arts: African Folk Wisdom and Popular Medicine in Cuba—Lydia Cabrera (illustrations by Hector Delgado)
• Afro-Caribbean Healing: A Haitian Case Study—Karen McCarthy Brown
• Santería as a Healing Practice in Diaspora Communities: My Cuban Jewish Jourbaney with Oshun—Ester Rebeca Shapiro Rok
• Dolls and Healing in a Santería House—Anna Wexler
• Community Healing Among Puerto Ricans: Espiritismo as a Therapy for the Soul—Mario A. Nuñez Molina
Part II: Artistic Healing
• A Particular Blessing: Storytelling as Healing in the Novels of Julia Alvarez—Karen Castellucci Cox
• The Film Cure: Responses to Modernity in the Cinemas of the Hispanic Caribbean—Jerry W. Carlson
• The End of the Line: Africa, Death, and Freedom in Caribbean Cinema—Ernesto Acevedo-Munoz
• Healing and Writing—Opal Palmer Adisa
• The Great Bonanza of the Antilles—Mayra Montero
• "My Work is Obeah": Interview with Poet/Painter LeRoy Clarke—Margarite Fernandez Olmos & Heidi Holder

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