The Cooking of History: How Not to Study Afro-Cuban Religion (BOK)

The Cooking of History: How Not to Study Afro-Cuban Religion (BOK)

Stephan Palmie

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Over a lifetime of studying Cuban Santeria and other religions related to Orisha worship - a practice also found among the Yoruba in West Africa - Stephan Palmie has grown progressively uneasy with the assumptions inherent in the very term Afro-Cuban religion. In "The Cooking of History" he provides a comprehensive analysis of these assumptions, in the process offering an incisive critique both of the anthropology of religion and of scholarship on the cultural history of the Afro-Atlantic World. Understood largely through its rituals and ceremonies, Santeria and related religions have been a challenge for anthropologists to link to a hypothetical African past. But, Palmie argues, precisely by relying on the notion of an aboriginal African past, and by claiming to authenticate these religions via their findings, anthropologists - some of whom have converted to these religions - have exerted considerable influence upon contemporary practices. Critiquing widespread and damaging simplifications that posit religious practices as stable and self-contained, Palmie calls for a drastic new approach that properly situates cultural origins within the complex social environments and scholarly fields in which they are investigated.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Stephan Palmie
Forlag
University of Chicago Press
ISBN 9780226019420
Antall sider 344 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 2,3cm
Vekt 544 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Black & Asian studies, African history, Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, Tribal religions