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Making Caribbean DanceContinuity and Creativity in Island Cultures$
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Susanna Sloat

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034676

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034676.001.0001

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Dance of the Dominican Misterios

Dance of the Dominican Misterios

(p.181) 12 Dance of the Dominican Misterios
Making Caribbean Dance
Martha Ellen Davis
University Press of Florida

Martha Ellen Davis illustrates how the Dominican misterios, the spirits influenced by the Vodou of adjacent Haiti, and also the spirits of the dead manifest themselves to Dominican mediums trained to receive them. She reveals the procedures, ceremonies, dances, music, and distinctiveness of this and its relationship to Dominican folk Catholicism. Los misterios, like gagá, which Davis also discusses, are part of a continuum of spiritual practices in the Dominican Republic that Davis terms Vodú-spiritism, which range from the almost purely spiritual, as in the spiritism descended from Allan Kardec, to saints festivals mixing the spiritual and the material, to a spirituality with a strong material component that includes music, dance, and possession by los misterios.

Keywords:   Martha Ellen Davis, Dominican Republic, los misterios, Vodou, mediums, folk Catholicism, gagá, Vodú-spiritism, Allen Kardec, saints festivals

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