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Afro-Cuban Religious ArtsPopular Expressions of Cultural Inheritance in Espiritismo and Santería$
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Kristine Juncker

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049700

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049700.001.0001

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Religious Pluralism and the Afro-Cuban Ritual-Arts Movement, 1899–1969

Religious Pluralism and the Afro-Cuban Ritual-Arts Movement, 1899–1969

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Afro-Cuban Religious Arts

Kristine Juncker

University Press of Florida

Historiographic analysis of early twentieth-century literature on Afro-Caribbean religious arts reveals critical struggles among scholars, the popular press, and practitioners with respect to the expression of African diasporic identities. Authors including Fernando Ortiz, Melville Herskovits, Lydia Cabrera, and Rómulo Lachatañeré wrote defining scholarship on Afro-Caribbean religions, including Santería. Notably, the press adopted unverified scholarly language and made ideas such as syncretism, or the conflation of more than one religion, especially relevant to social and political struggles of the time. As a result, religious leaders, including the women featured in this book, adopted multiple distinct belief systems in order to best navigate this history.

Keywords:   pluralism, Afro-Cuban, religious arts, Fernando Ortiz, Melville Herskovits, syncretism, Rómulo Lachatañeré, Lydia Cabrera

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