Electric Santería: Racial and Sexual Assemblages of by Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús

By Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús

Santería is an African-inspired, Cuban diaspora faith lengthy stigmatized as witchcraft and infrequently disregarded as superstition, but its spirit- and possession-based practices are speedily profitable adherents internationally. Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús introduces the time period “copresence” to catch the present transnational adventure of Santería, during which racialized and gendered spirits, deities, clergymen, and spiritual tourists remake neighborhood, nationwide, and political barriers and reconfigure notions of expertise and transnationalism. Drawing on 8 years of ethnographic examine in Havana and Matanzas, Cuba, and in long island urban, Miami, la, and the San Francisco Bay region, Beliso-De Jesús strains the phenomenon of copresence within the lives of Santería practitioners, mapping its emergence in transnational areas and old moments and its ritual negotiation of race, imperialism, gender, sexuality, and non secular shuttle. Santería’s spirits, deities, and practitioners permit electronic applied sciences for use in new methods, inciting distinct encounters via video and different media. taking away conventional perceptions of Santería as a static, localized perform or as a part of a mythologized “past,” this e-book emphasizes the religion’s dynamic circulations and demands nontranscendental understandings of non secular transnationalisms.

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