Santeria from Africa to the New World

Santeria from Africa to the New World

The Dead Sell Memories
George Brandon
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/22/1997
Format: Paperback 18 b&w photos, 3 illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-21114-9
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On his own terms, Brandon more than fulfills his promise to take the reader on the transatlantic journey of the orisha and to explore the complexities of African memory in the diaspora." —American Historical Review

He adeptly addresses broader issues, such as power relations within Caribbean slavery, multiculturalism, and the forms of religious accommodation to cultural change. In addition, he offers a fresh and cogent assessment of the production and reproduction of African beliefs and practices in new contexts. Brandon’s exemplary archival research is supplemented by skillful participant observation." —Choice

The Yoruba religious tradition arose in West Africa, but its influence has spread beyond Africa to millions of adherents in the Americas as well. Santeria from Africa to the New World retraces one path taken by this tradition—a path from Africa to Cuba and to New York City. George Brandon examines the religion’s transatlantic route through Cuban Santeria, Puerto Rican Espiritismo, and Black Nationalism. In following the historical and anthropological evolution of the Yoruba religion, Brandon discusses broader questions of power, multiculturalism, cultural change, and the production and reproduction of African retentions.

Author Bio

GEORGE BRANDON is Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Sociomedical Sciences at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education of the City University of New York. He is the author of articles in the Journal of Caribbean Studies, the Journal of Black Studies, Oral History Review, and Griot.

Reviews

““On his own terms, Brandon more than fulfills his promise to take the reader on the transatlantic journey of the orisha and to explore the complexities of African memory in the diaspora.” —American Historical Review “ . . . a fresh and cogent assessment of the production and reproduction of African beliefs and practices in new contexts. Brandon’s exemplary archival research is supplemented by skillful participant observation.” —Choice “ . . . vigorous and provocative.” —Journal of Interdisciplinary History “. . . will be appropriate for use in advanced classes in anthropology, history, social movements, and ethnic relations and will be of special interest to historians of religions. The author provides a valuable corrective to popular and press treatments of this widespread religious movement . . .” —History of Religions Brandon follows the path of this Yoruba religious tradition from Africa to Cuba to New York City. In following Santeria’s historical and anthropological evolution, Brandon discusses broader questions of power, multiculturalism, cultural change, and the production and reproduction of African retentions.”

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