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By Kristine Juncker

“Challenges the reader in provocative new methods. issues to the salient name to motion provided by means of neighborhood Santería and Espiritismo arts, ritual, functionality, and different cultural types in addressing center questions of heritage, legacy, and new beginnings.”—Suzanne Preston Blier, writer of Royal Arts of Africa


“A a lot wanted learn of the style within which the non secular artwork of ladies is a basic size of Afro-Cuban spiritual ritual, either within the private and non-private spheres.”—Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, writer of Afro-Cuban Theology


From a plantation in Havana Province within the Eighties to a non secular heart in Spanish Harlem within the Sixties, this e-book profiles 4 generations of girls from one Afro-Cuban spiritual kinfolk. the ladies have been attached through their trendy roles as leaders within the religions they practiced and the dramatic ritual paintings they created. every one used to be a medium in Espiritismo—communicating with lifeless ancestors for counsel or insight—and additionally a santera, or priest of Santería, who may perhaps have interaction the oricha pantheon.

Kristine Juncker argues that by way of growing artwork for multiple faith those girls shatter the preferred assumption that Afro-Caribbean religions are particular businesses. The portraiture, sculptures, and pictures in Afro-Cuban non secular Arts supply infrequent and memorable glimpses into the rituals and iconography of Espiritismo and Santería. Santería altars are heavily guarded, constrained to initiates, and usually destroyed upon the loss of life of the santera whereas Espiritismo artifacts are hardly thought of priceless sufficient to cross on. the original and protean cultural legacy precise the following finds how ritual artwork grew to become renowned imagery, sparked a much wider discussion approximately tradition inheritance, attracted new practitioners, and enabled Afro-Cuban non secular expression to blow up internationally.


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As he argued, Africans could not evolve into Europeans in the New World. Rather, the contact between Religious Pluralism and the Afro-Cuban Ritual-Arts Movement, 1899–1969 · 29 two traditionally distinct cultures, through transculturation, produced new cultural forms that reflected aspects of the parent cultures, but that were new and distinct. In his theory, however, Ortiz did not engage the debate about Afro-Caribbean cultural change directly. Rather, he constructed a provocative argument about the cultural impact of the two products for which Cuba had become most famous—tobacco and sugar.

Effectively, it was this new, Creolized imagery that actually made the twentieth-century international explosion of Afro-Cuban ritual arts possible. y It is important to define the terms Creole and Creolization, which are used in a particular way in Caribbean studies. 34 Today, the use of the term Creole also includes a nod to contemporary scholarship on transculturation. 35 This process of transculturation, particularly when emergent hybrid belief systems such as Afro-Caribbean Espiritismo and La Regla de Ocha interact, is so dramatic that the resultant cultural syntheses will continue to spread.

Rather, his fantastic creatures and body parts mimic the complexity of Afro-Cuban belief systems as well as the interaction between them. In a number of his contemporary works, including The Chair (1942), one of Lam’s best-known paintings, he appears to be reconsidering the use of leaves in certain Afro-Cuban religious altar practices (see plate 2). Among examples in the arts of La Regla de Ocha, altars for the trickster Eleguá or for the farmer divinity Oricha Oko are often installed in leafy environments and Religious Pluralism and the Afro-Cuban Ritual-Arts Movement, 1899–1969 · 25 receive collections of leaves as offerings.

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