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Developing the Dead: Mediumship and Selfhood in Cuban Espiritismo

Diana Espirito Santo

Abstract

Developing the Dead is the first in-depth ethnographic exploration of the highly diffused and influential practices of contemporary Cuban creole espiritismo. Based on extensive fieldwork among espiritista mediums in Havana, as well as with practitioners of the other two dominant Afro-Cuban religious cults–Santería and Palo Monte–this book traces to its logical limit an indigenous understanding of a self in which persons are bound irrevocably to the multiple spiritual entities (muertos) with whom relations of mutuality and co-participation are constructed over time. These protective and family ... More

Keywords: Cuban espiritismo, Afro-Cuban religion, Mediumship, Self, Embodiment, Knowledge, Cosmology, Learning, Performance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780813060781
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813060781.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diana Espirito Santo, author
Universidade Nova de Lisboa