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Handmade in CubaRolando Estévez and the Beautiful Books of Ediciones Vigía$
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Ruth Behar, Juanamaría Cordones-Cook, and Kristin Schwain

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401520

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401520.001.0001

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“Vigía es Elegguá”

“Vigía es Elegguá”

Crossing and Dwelling in Barquitos del San Juan (2007)

(p.77) 6 “Vigía es Elegguá”
Handmade in Cuba
Kristin Schwain
University Press of Florida

In a 2007 issue of Ediciones Vigía’s magazine for young people, Barquitos del San Juan, Rolando Estévez Jordán pays homage to Elegua, one of the most important orishas in the transcultural religious system of Santería. Through visual and cultural analyses of the journal, this chapter shows how Vigía became an Elegua within Cuban culture. Ediciones Vigía opened doors between Cuban national identity and Afro-Cuban culture, a contentious but interdependent pairing that has animated Cuban life since the liberation wars in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Keywords:   Afro-Cuban culture, Ediciones Vigía, Elegua, liberation wars, Santería

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