Santeria Enthroned : Art, Ritual, and Innovation in an Afro-Cuban Religion / Edition 1

Santeria Enthroned : Art, Ritual, and Innovation in an Afro-Cuban Religion / Edition 1

by David H. Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226076105

ISBN-13: 9780226076102

Pub. Date: 07/28/2003

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Ever since its emergence in colonial-era Cuba, Afro-Cuban Santería (or Lucumí) has displayed a complex dynamic of continuity and change in its institutions, rituals, and iconography. In Santería Enthroned, David H. Brown combines art history, cultural anthropology, and ethnohistory to show how Africans and their descendants have

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Ever since its emergence in colonial-era Cuba, Afro-Cuban Santería (or Lucumí) has displayed a complex dynamic of continuity and change in its institutions, rituals, and iconography. In Santería Enthroned, David H. Brown combines art history, cultural anthropology, and ethnohistory to show how Africans and their descendants have developed novel forms of religious practice in the face of relentless oppression.

Focusing on the royal throne as a potent metaphor in Santería belief and practice, Brown shows how negotiation among ideologically competing interests have shaped the religion's symbols, rituals, and institutions from the nineteenth century to the present. Rich case studies of change in Cuba and the United States, including a New Jersey temple and South Carolina's Oyotunji Village, reveal patterns of innovation similar to those found among rival Yoruba kingdoms in Nigeria. Throughout, Brown argues for a theoretical perspective on culture as a field of potential strategies and "usable pasts" that actors draw upon to craft new forms and identities—a perspective that will be invaluable to all students of the African Diaspora.

American Acemy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion (Analytical-Descriptive Category)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226076102
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
688,815
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: Institutional and Ritual Innovation
1: Black Royalty: New Social Frameworks and Remodeled Iconographies in Nineteenth-Century Havana
2: From Cabildo de Nación to Casa-Templo: The New Lucumí, Institutional Reform, and the Shifting Location of Cultural Authenticity
3: Myths of the Yoruba Past and Innovations of the Lucumí Present: The Narrative Production of Religious Cosmology, Hierarchy, and Authority
Part II: Iconographic Innovation
4. Royal Iconography and the Modern Lucumí Initiation
5: "The Palace of the Obá Lucumí" and the "Creole Taste": Innovations in Iconography and Meaning
Conclusion
Appendixes
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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