Santeria Enthroned: Art, Ritual and Innovation in an Afro-Cuban Religion (Hardback)
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Santeria Enthroned: Art, Ritual and Innovation in an Afro-Cuban Religion (Hardback)

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Hardback 432 Pages / Published: 07/11/2003
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Ever since its emergence in colonial-era Cuba, Afro-Cuban Santeria (or Lucumi) has displayed a complex dynamic of continuity and change in its institutions, rituals and iconography. In "Santeria 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. Focusiong on the royal throne as a potent metaphor in Santeria belief and practice, Brown shows how negotiation among ideologically competing interests have shaped the religion's symbols, rituals and institutions from the 19th century to the present. 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 should be valuable to all students of the African Diaspora.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226076096
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 1252 g
Dimensions: 243 x 222 x 38 mm

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