Santeria from Africa to the New World: The Dead Sell Memories / Edition 1

Santeria from Africa to the New World: The Dead Sell Memories / Edition 1

by George Brandon
     
 

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ISBN-10: 025321114X

ISBN-13: 9780253211149

Pub. Date: 01/28/1993

Publisher: Indiana University Press

"On his own terms, Brandon more than fulfills his promise to take the reader on the transatlantic journey of the orisha and to explore the complexities of African memory in the diaspora." —American Historical Review

"He adeptly addresses broader issues, such as power relations within Caribbean slavery, multiculturalism, and the forms of religious

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"On his own terms, Brandon more than fulfills his promise to take the reader on the transatlantic journey of the orisha and to explore the complexities of African memory in the diaspora." —American Historical Review

"He adeptly addresses broader issues, such as power relations within Caribbean slavery, multiculturalism, and the forms of religious accommodation to cultural change. In addition, he offers a fresh and cogent assessment of the production and reproduction of African beliefs and practices in new contexts. Brandon’s exemplary archival research is supplemented by skillful participant observation." —Choice

The Yoruba religious tradition arose in West Africa, but its influence has spread beyond Africa to millions of adherents in the Americas as well. Santeria from Africa to the New World retraces one path taken by this tradition—a path from Africa to Cuba and to New York City. George Brandon examines the religion’s transatlantic route through Cuban Santeria, Puerto Rican Espiritismo, and Black Nationalism. In following the historical and anthropological evolution of the Yoruba religion, Brandon discusses broader questions of power, multiculturalism, cultural change, and the production and reproduction of African retentions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253211149
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Series:
Blacks in the Diaspora Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
447,114
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

I. Introduction
THE PROCESSUAL FRAMEWORK
PHASES OF RELIGIOUS DEVELOPMENT
CONTINUITY AND CHANGE

II. Africa
THE OLD RELIGION
THREE BROTHERS QUARREL, AND THEIR HOMES ARE INVADED BY STRANGERS

III.Cuba: Pre-Santeria and Early Santeria (1492-1870)
THE CONQUEST CULTURE
THE CATHOLIC RELIGION
THE SUGAR BOOM AND EXPANSION OF SLAVERY
LUCUMI ETHNICITY
SYNCRETISM OF AFRICAN AND EUROPEAN RELIGIONS
TRANSFORMATION OF THE OLD RELIGION

IV. Cuba: Santeria (1870-1959)
AN ECONOMIC TRANSITION
THE SUPPRESSION OF THE CABILDOS
ESPIRITISMO
AFRO-CUBANISM
THE AMBIVALENCE OF REPRESSION AND RESISTANCE
CUBAN POSTSCRIPT

V. Santeria in the United States (1959-1982)
SPIRITS IN EXILE
NEW FORMS IN NEW YORK

VI. Continuity and Change
PROBLEMS OF COLLECTIVE MEMORY
PROBLEMS OF SYNCRETISM

Bibliography
Index
Illustrations follow page 31 and page 120

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