Afro-Cuban Religious Arts of Cultural Inheritance in Espiritismo and Santeria: Popular Expressions of Cultural (Latin American and Caribbean Arts and

Afro-Cuban Religious Arts of Cultural Inheritance in Espiritismo and Santeria: Popular Expressions of Cultural (Latin American and Caribbean Arts and

By: Kristine Juncker (author)Hardback

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This book profiles four generations of women from one Afro-Cuban religious family. From a plantation in Havana Province in the 1890s to a religious centre in Spanish Harlem in the 1960s, these women were connected by their prominent roles as leaders in the religions they practiced and the dramatic ritual artwork they created. Each woman was a medium in Espiritismo communicating with dead ancestors for guidance or insight and also a santera, or priest of Santeria, who could intervene with the oricha pantheon.Kristine Juncker argues that by creating art for more than one religion these women shatter the popular assumption that Afro- Caribbean religions are exclusive organisations. Most remarkably, the portraiture, sculptures, and photographs in Afro-Cuban Religious Arts offer rare glimpses into the rituals and iconography of these religions. Santeria altars are closely guarded, limited to initiates, and typically destroyed upon the death of the santera, while Espiritismo artefacts are rarely considered valuable enough to pass on. The unique and protean cultural legacy detailed here reveals insights into how ritual art became popular imagery, sparked a wider dialogue about culture inheritance, attracted new practitioners, and enabled the movement to explode internationally.

About Author

Kristine Juncker is a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Latin American Studies at the School of Advanced Studies, University of London.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780813049700
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9780813049700
  • ISBN10: 0813049709

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