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Living Santeria : Rituals and Experiences in an Afro-Cuban Religion

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In 1992 Smithsonian anthropologist Michael Atwood Mason traveled to Cuba for initiation as a priest into the Santeria religion. Since then he has created an active oricha "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 Santeria 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 Santeria offers an original and insightful understanding of this growing religious tradition.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 10.16mm | 204.12g
  • Smithsonian Books
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • 1588340775
  • 9781588340771
  • 1,375,490

About Michael Mason

Michael Atwood Mason is an anthropologist and exhibit developer at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, where he was a co-curator of the permanent African Voices exhibition.show more

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