Healing Cultures: Art and Religion as Curative Practices in the Caribbean and its Diaspora

Healing Cultures: Art and Religion as Curative Practices in the Caribbean and its Diaspora

by NA NA, Margarite Fernandez Olmos, Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert
     
 

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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

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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 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312218980
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
03/07/2001
Edition description:
2001
Pages:
236
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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