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Governing Spirits: Religion, Miracles, and Spectacles in Cuba and Puerto Rico, 1898-1956

Author:

Reinaldo L. Román

Title:

Governing Spirits: Religion, Miracles, and Spectacles in Cuba and Puerto Rico, 1898-1956

Category:

History

PDF ebook size:

1290 kb

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1400 kb

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1194 kb

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Rating:

4.8

ISBN10:

0807831417

ISBN13:

978-0807831410

Publisher:

The University of North Carolina Press; New edition edition (December 17, 2007)

Language:

English

Subcategory:

Americas

Pages:

288

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Governing Spirits: Religion, Miracles, and Spectacles in Cuba and Puerto Rico, 1898-1956 by Reinaldo L. Román

Freedom of religion did not come easily to Cuba or Puerto Rico. Only after the arrival of American troops during the Spanish-American War were non-Catholics permitted to practice their religions openly and to proselytize. When government efforts to ensure freedom of worship began, reformers on both islands rejoiced, believing that an era of regeneration and modernization was upon them. But as new laws went into effect, critics voiced their dismay at the rise of popular religions. Reinaldo L. Roman explores the changing relationship between regulators and practitioners in neocolonial Cuba and Puerto Rico.Spiritism, Santeria, and other African-derived traditions were typically characterized in sensational fashion by the popular press as "a plague of superstition." Examining seven episodes between 1898 and the Cuban Revolution when the public demanded official actions against "misbelief," Roman finds that when outbreaks of superstition were debated, matters of citizenship were usually at stake. He links the circulation of spectacular charges of witchcraft and miracle-making to anxieties surrounding newly expanded citizenries that included people of color. Governing Spirits also contributes to the understanding of vernacular religions by moving beyond questions of national or traditional origins to illuminate how boundaries among hybrid practices evolved in a process of historical contingencies.
Phenade
I really enjoyed this book as it is the only source I have found describing the religious situation (especially with Espiritistas) at the turn of the century. It was also very nice how one can compare the situation between places like Cuba and Puerto Rico. And I finally got to find out who San Hilarion was (I heard many songs about him but never knew who he was).

Also very illuminating was the topic of the murdered white girls and how that negatively impacted black Cubans at that time.
Obong
excellent conditions


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