Our Lady of the Exile: Diasporic Religion at a Cuban Catholic Shrine in Miami / Edition 1

Our Lady of the Exile: Diasporic Religion at a Cuban Catholic Shrine in Miami / Edition 1

by Thomas A. Tweed
     
 

Our Lady of the Exile is a study of Cuban-American popular Catholicism, focusing on the shrine of Our Lady Charity in Miami. Drawing on a wide range of sources and using both historical and ethnographic methods, the book examines the religious life of the Cuban exiles who visit the shrine. Those pilgrims are diverse, and so are the motives that bring them. At the

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Our Lady of the Exile is a study of Cuban-American popular Catholicism, focusing on the shrine of Our Lady Charity in Miami. Drawing on a wide range of sources and using both historical and ethnographic methods, the book examines the religious life of the Cuban exiles who visit the shrine. Those pilgrims are diverse, and so are the motives that bring them. At the same time, author Thomas A. Tweed argues, Cuban devotees of the national patroness share a great deal. Most come to pray for their homeland and to recreate bonds with other Cubans, on the island and in the diaspora. The shrine is a place where they come to make sense of themselves as an exiled people. The religious symbols there link the past and present and bridge the homeland and the new land. Through rituals and artifacts at the shrine, Tweed suggests, the Cuban diaspora "imaginatively constructs its collective identity and transports itself to the Cuba of memory and desire."

While the book focuses on Cuban exiles in Miami, it moves beyond case study as it explores larger issues concerning religion, identity, and place. How do migrants relate to heir homeland? How do they understand themselves after they have been displaced? What role does religion play among these diasporic groups? Building on this study of one exiled group, Tweed proposes a theory of diasporic religion that promises to illuminate the experiences of other groups that have been displaced from their native land.

As the first book-length analysis of Cuban-American Catholicism, Tweed's book will be an invaluable resource to scholars and students of not only Religious Studies, American Studies, and Ethnic Studies, but also those who study cultural anthropology, human geography, and Latin American history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195105292
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Series:
Religion in America Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1400L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
Sources and Methods5
Argument and Organization10
1The Virgin's Exile: The Cuban Patroness and the Diaspora in Miami15
2Santeria, Catholicism, and Evangelization: Struggles for Religious Identity43
3Diverse Devotees, Plural Practices, and Multiple Meanings56
4Nationalism, Religion, and Diasporic Identity: An Interpretive Framework83
5Religious Artifacts and Diasporic Identity99
6Religious Rituals and Diasporic Identity116
Postscript: Religion, Place, and Displacement134
App. A: Chronology143
App. BEnglish-Language Version of the Structured Interview Questions146
Notes149
Select Bibliography197
Index216

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