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Religion in the Kitchen: Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781479839551
Author(s): Elizabeth Perez
Format: Paperback
Year: 2016
Publisher: New York University Press
Dimensions: 152 x 226 x 23 (w x l x h)
Pages: 320
Series: North American Religions

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Before honey can be offered to the Afro-Cuban deity Ochun, it must be tasted, to prove to her that it is good. In African-inspired religions throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States, such gestures instill the attitudes that turn participants into practitioners. Acquiring deep knowledge of the diets of the gods and ancestors constructs adherents' identities; to learn to fix the gods' favorite dishes is to be 'seasoned' into their service. In this innovative work, Elizabeth Perez reveals how seemingly trivial 'micropractices' such as the preparation of sacred foods, are complex rituals in their own right. Drawing on years of ethnographic research in Chicago among practitioners of Lucumi, the transnational tradition popularly known as Santeria, Perez focuses on the behind-the-scenes work of the primarily women and gay men responsible for feeding the gods. She reveals how cooking and talking around the kitchen table have played vital socializing roles in Black Atlantic religions. Entering the world of divine desires and the varied flavors that speak to them, this volume takes a fresh approach to the anthropology of religion.
Its richly textured portrait of a predominantly African-American Lucumi community reconceptualizes race, gender, sexuality, and affect in the formation of religious identity, proposing that every reli Please click here to ask a question
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