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Título: The power of the dead: spirits, socialism, and selves in Afro-cuban universe
Autor: Espírito Santo, Diana
Data: 2009
Citação: Espírito Santo, D. (2008). The power of the dead: spirits, socialism, and selves in Afro-cuban universe. Fieldwork in religion. 3(2), 161-177
Resumo: This paper aims to conceptualize the relationship between the main Afro-Cuban religious practices and the experience of varied social and economic difficulties in Havana, and in particular, the role of the dead—the muertos—in its articulation. I argue that the dead are not just to be seen as socio-historical idioms or representations but as constitutive elements of a Cuban religious personhood, which must be discerned, acknowledged and objectified through one’s actions in the world. Achieving harmony in relation to oneself with one’s environment at any given moment thus requires a theory of self, and in the ritually and cosmologically fluid Afro-Cuban religious sphere this is most effectively given by the spirit mediumship cult of espiritismo cruzado.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10451/11119
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