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Title:
Divine utterances : the performance of Afro-Cuban Santería
Author:
Hagedorn, Katherine J.
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Publication Information:
Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
xvi, 296 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781560989226

9781560989479
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Book

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Summary

This volume explores the enduring cultural and spiritual power of the music of Afro-Cuban Santeria and the process by which it has been transformed for a secular audience. The author focuses on the integral connections between sacred music performances and the dramatizations of theatrical troupes, especially the state-sponsored Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, and examines the complex relationships involving race, politics and religion in Cuba. The music that Hagedorn describes is rooted in Afro-Cuban religious tradition and today pervades secular performances that can produce a trance in audience members in the same way as a traditional religious ceremony.


Author Notes

Katherine J. Hagedorn is associate professor of music at Pomona College.


Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. viii
List of Recorded Tracksp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
1 Notes on Fieldwork: Dreaming Ogunp. 17
2 El Espectaculo: Invitation to the Dancep. 44
3 Embodying the Sacred in Afro-Cuban Performance: Negotiating the Rules of Engagementp. 73
4 Blurring the Boundaries: Merging Sacred and Profanep. 107
5 The Birth of the Conjunto Folkloricop. 136
6 Sacred Crimes: Criminalizing the Sacred in Historical Perspectivep. 173
7 Resolver and Religious Tourism in Cubap. 203
Conclusionp. 234
Glossaryp. 241
Discographyp. 256
Filmographyp. 259
Referencesp. 261
Indexp. 287