Society of the Dead Quita Manaquita and Palo Praise in Cuba

ISBN-10: 0520256840

ISBN-13: 9780520256842

Edition: 2010

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Description: In a riveting first-person account, Todd Ramoacute;n Ochoa explores Palo, a Kongo-inspired "society of affliction" that is poorly understood at the margins of Cuban popular religion. Narrated as an encounter with two teachers of Palo, the book unfolds on the outskirts of Havana as it recounts Ochoa's attempts to assimilate Palo praise of the dead. As he comes to terms with a world in which everyday events and materials are composed of the dead, Ochoa discovers in Palo unexpected resources for understanding the relationship between matter and spirit, for rethinking anthropology's rendering of sorcery, and for representing the play of power in Cuban society. The first fully detailed treatment of the world of Palo,Society of the Deaddraws upon recent critiques of Western metaphysics as it reveals what this little known practice can tell us about sensation, transformation, and redemption in the Black Atlantic.

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/28/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Dead
Isidra
Kalunga, the Ambient Dead
Little Corners
Responsive Dead
Palo Society
Emilio O'Farril
Teodoro
Palo Society
Decay
A Feast Awry
Virtudes
Prendas-Ngangas-Enqtuisos
Lucero Mundo
The Cauldron
Reckoning with the Dead
Nfumbe
Insinuation and Artifice
Palo Craft
Struggle Is Praise
Cristianas
Jud�as
Tormenta Ndoki
Storms of Lent
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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