Latin America and Religion

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Sacred Spaces and Religious Traditions in Oriente Cuba


Jualynne E. Dodson

Spaces set apart by religious practitioners to represent their understanding of the sacredness of their world provide useful windows into the collective history and the expression of ideas of a religion and its followers. Jualynne Dodson explores sacred spaces constructed between 1998 and 2007 by contemporary practitioners of four popular religions in Cuba's eastern Oriente region. Three of these religions, Palo Mayombé, Vodú, and Muertera Bembé de Sao, are Africa-based traditions while the fourth, Espiritismo, is indigenous to Cuba and Oriente, though it evolved from traditions of the U.S. and Europe. While the religions vary in historical development, in material artifact, and ritual activities that comprise their content, images in this book reflect inherited and shared cosmic orientation of the traditions.

The investigation of Dodson and the African Atlantic Research team offers an interconnected examination of the history and embedded understandings of these four religions while simultaneously offering a panoramic view of religious development in Cuba and practitioners' struggle for a self-defined, Africa-based nature for their religious activities on the island.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Jualynne E. Dodson received her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught at Yale University, Hunter College, and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Currently, she is on faculty in sociology and directs the African Atlantic Research Team at Michigan State University.

Davíd Carrasco is Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America with a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology and the Divinity School at Harvard University. He was recently awarded the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle.

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"A fascinating read for religious studies, African diasporic studies, and cultural anthropology. Highly recommended."

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6 x 9 in. 224 pages 18 color plates., 6 maps