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By Kristine Juncker

ISBN-10: 0813049709

ISBN-13: 9780813049700

“Challenges the reader in provocative new methods. issues to the salient name to motion provided by means of neighborhood Santería and Espiritismo arts, ritual, functionality, and different cultural kinds in addressing middle questions of background, legacy, and new beginnings.”—Suzanne Preston Blier, writer of Royal Arts of Africa


“A a lot wanted learn of the way within which the non secular artwork of girls is a primary measurement of Afro-Cuban spiritual ritual, either within the private and non-private spheres.”—Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, writer of Afro-Cuban Theology


From a plantation in Havana Province within the Eighties to a non secular heart in Spanish Harlem within the Nineteen Sixties, this booklet profiles 4 generations of girls from one Afro-Cuban non secular relatives. the ladies have been hooked up through their admired roles as leaders within the religions they practiced and the dramatic ritual art they created. every one was once a medium in Espiritismo—communicating with lifeless ancestors for counsel or insight—and additionally a santera, or priest of Santería, who may well have interaction the oricha pantheon.

Kristine Juncker argues that by means of growing paintings for a couple of faith those girls shatter the preferred assumption that Afro-Caribbean religions are specific corporations. The portraiture, sculptures, and images in Afro-Cuban non secular Arts provide infrequent and noteworthy glimpses into the rituals and iconography of Espiritismo and Santería. Santería altars are heavily guarded, restricted to initiates, and usually destroyed upon the demise of the santera whereas Espiritismo artifacts are not often thought of beneficial adequate to go on. the original and protean cultural legacy targeted right here finds how ritual artwork grew to become well known imagery, sparked a much wider discussion approximately tradition inheritance, attracted new practitioners, and enabled Afro-Cuban spiritual expression to blow up internationally.


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20 Ortiz further singled out a variety of practitioners that he grouped under the label “quacks” (later he would come to see such practitioners as composed largely of women21): “In order to understand this . . fight to destroy brujería at its point of infection, one must not forget that one should consider certain parasites not included in the class of brujos. . ”22 In this passage, Ortiz begins to make an important connection between Afro-Cuban religions and the Espiritismo movement, noting that, “in the first place,” the most suspicious spiritual workers are those in contact with the brujo (and therefore, black) and thereby relegating “white diviners” to “second place” in his racial hierarchy.

Practitioners were generally instructed not to make their notebooks public. These notebooks might contain confidential information about the results of divination; they might describe an individual’s relationships with different oricha; or they might relate relevant folklore. They could also contain instructions on how to perform different rituals or divination and how to create ritual arts. 63 The Manual also made it clear that many santeros practiced more than one Afro-Cuban religion. For example, throughout the Manual, Lachatañeré shows that many Regla de Ocha ceremonies were complemented by both church rituals and rituals originating in Espiritismo.

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