Santeria from Africa to the New World
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Santeria from Africa to the New World

The Dead Sell Memories
George Brandon
Distribution: World
Publication date: 3/1/1997
Format: paper 224 pages
6.125 x 9.25
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.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

I. Introduction
THE PROCESSUAL FRAMEWORK
PHASES OF RELIGIOUS DEVELOPMENT
CONTINUITY AND CHANGE

II. Africa
THE OLD RELIGION
THREE BROTHERS QUARREL, AND THEIR HOMES ARE INVADED BY STRANGERS

III.Cuba: Pre-Santeria and Early Santeria (1492-1870)
THE CONQUEST CULTURE
THE CATHOLIC RELIGION
THE SUGAR BOOM AND EXPANSION OF SLAVERY
LUCUMI ETHNICITY
SYNCRETISM OF AFRICAN AND EUROPEAN RELIGIONS
TRANSFORMATION OF THE OLD RELIGION

IV. Cuba: Santeria (1870-1959)
AN ECONOMIC TRANSITION
THE SUPPRESSION OF THE CABILDOS
ESPIRITISMO
AFRO-CUBANISM
THE AMBIVALENCE OF REPRESSION AND RESISTANCE
CUBAN POSTSCRIPT

V. Santeria in the United States (1959-1982)
SPIRITS IN EXILE
NEW FORMS IN NEW YORK

VI. Continuity and Change
PROBLEMS OF COLLECTIVE MEMORY
PROBLEMS OF SYNCRETISM

Bibliography
Index
Illustrations follow page 31 and page 120