Cuba's Afro-Creole Religions|
Fall 2008 not offered
AFAM 321, RELI 323|
This course will examine the way in which tumultuous events in Cuban history (transatlantic slavery, the witchcraft scares of the Republican period, prerevolutionary political instability) are re-imagined in the magical/spiritual imagery associated with the island's Afro-Creole religions. Specifically, we will explore how memory and history interact in the constitution of implicit knowledge and ritual practices belonging to Cuban Palo Monte, the Abakua secret society, spiritism, and Ocha-Ifia (Santeria).
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (LAST)(RELI)
Maria Elena Diaz, THE VIRGIN, THE KING, AND THE ROYAL SLAVES OF EL COBRE
David Brown, THE LIGHT INSIDE: ABAKUA SOCIETY ARTS & CUBAN CULTURAL HISTORY
Stephan Palmie, WIZARDS AND SCIENTISTS: EXPLORATIONS IN AFROCUBAN MODERNITY & TRADITION
David Brown, SANTERIA ENTHRONED: ART, RITUAL, AND INNOVATION IN AN AFRO-CUBAN RELIGION
Christine Ayorinde, AFROCUBAN RELIGIOSITY, REVOLUTION, & NATIONAL IDENTITY
Miguel de la Torre, LA LUCHA FOR CUBA: RELIGION AND POLITICS ON THE STREETS OF MIAMI
|Examination and Assignments: |
Students will be expected to prepare brief commentaries on selected reading assignments and a final 15-20 pp. research paper on an Afro-Creole religion of their choice in Latin America or the Caribbean that deals with one of the themes of the course (e.g., popular culture, national identity, secular vs. sacred power, the historical imagination).