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Rituals and Experiences in an Afro-Cuban Religion
Michael Atwood Mason

In 1992 Smithsonian anthropologist Michael Atwood Mason travelled to Cuba for initiation as a priest into the Santerían religion. Since then he has created an active orisha “house” and has initiated five others as priests. He is a rare combination: a scholar-practitioner who is equally fluent in his profession and his religion. Interweaving his roles as researcher and priest, Mason explores Santerían as a contemporary phenomenon and offers an understanding of its complexity through his own experiences and those of its many practitioners. Balancing deftly between a devotee's account of participation and an anthropologist's theoretical analysis, Living Santerían offers an original and insightful understanding of this growing religious tradition.

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  • Published : 17/08/2002
  • ISBN : 9781588340771
  • Format : Paperback
  • Imprint : Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
  • Size (mm): 152 x 229
  • Category: Religion
  • Pages : 176
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