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Michelle A. Gonzalez

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813029979

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813029979.001.0001

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La Caridad del Cobre

La Caridad del Cobre

Mother and Author of the Cuban People

(p.78) 5 La Caridad del Cobre
Afro-Cuban Theology

Michelle A. Gonzalez

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the history of and devotion to La Caridad del Cobre in Cuba. It analyses her story to explore Cuban/Cuban-American identity and to construct a Cuban/Cuban-American Mariology describes La Caridad's appearance in the early seventeenth century. It investigates how the image and narrative of La Caridad have functioned throughout Cuban history and explains how La Caridad grew to become a national symbol and devotion in Cuba.

Keywords:   La Caridad, Cuba, Cuban identity, Cuban-American identity, Mariology, national symbol, devotion

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