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Author: David H Brown
Publisher: Milton : Routledge, 2019.
Series: Routledge revivals.
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Originally published in 2003, The Light Inside is a ground-breaking study of an Afro-Cuban secret society, its sacred arts, and their role in modern Cuban cultural history. Enslaved Africans and creoles developed the Abaku Society, a system of men's fraternal lodges, in urban Cuba beginnings in 1836. Drawing on years of fieldwork in the country, the book's novel approach builds on close readings of dazzling Abaku  Read more...
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Brown, David H.
The Light Inside : Abakuá Society Arts and Cuban Cultural History
Milton : Routledge,c2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David H Brown
ISBN: 9781000001341 1000001342 9780429283789 0429283784 9781000008180 1000008185 9781000014709 1000014703
OCLC Number: 1112420284
Notes: Description based upon print version of record.
Description: 1 online resource (325 p.).
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Original Title; Original Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Part 1: ""The Light Inside"": Abakuá Society Arts and Modern Cuban Cultural History; 1. Introduction: Meanings, Methods, and the Cultural Biography of Things Abakuá; 2. The Abakuá Society and the African Diaspora; 3. Abakuá Altar Arts: Ekue, Representation, and the Banner of Regla's Efori Eñongo; 4. Cloth and Signs: West African Ukara and the Iconography of Regla's Efori Eñongo; 5. Altars, Offices, and Multiple Meanings 6. ""Symbolic Drums"": Innovations and Inventions7. The Íremes and Their Sacos; Part 2: El Nañígo ""Graduates; 8. Pictures, Performances, and the Police: Changing Contexts for Costumbrista Arts; 9. Struggle over Possession of the Secret: The Museuming of the Ñáñigos' ""Most Sacred Effects; 10. From Atavism to Modern Primitivism; 11. From Primitivism to Folklore; 12. We Were Teaching How to Ask the Black Man about Very Private, Personal Things: Afrocubana, the Triumph of the Revolution, and Socialist Folklore; 13. ""The Ethnographic Museum"" and the Cuban Revolution 14. Conclusion: The Abakuá Society and the National NarrativeNotes; References; Index
Series Title: Routledge revivals.

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Originally published in 2003, The Light Inside is a ground-breaking study of an Afro-Cuban secret society, its sacred arts, and their role in modern Cuban cultural history. Enslaved Africans and creoles developed the Abaku Society, a system of men's fraternal lodges, in urban Cuba beginnings in 1836. Drawing on years of fieldwork in the country, the book's novel approach builds on close readings of dazzling Abaku altars, chalk-drawn signs, and hooded masquerades. It looks at the art history of Abaku altars, not only tracing changing styles but also how they evolve through cycles of tradition and renovation. The Light Inside reflects the essence of the artists' creativity and experience: through adornment, altars project the powerful spirituality of Abaku practice, an aesthetic strategy. The book also traces a biography of Abaku objects - their shifting forms and meanings - as they participated in successive periods of Cuban cultural history. The book constructs close rhetorical and visual analyses of changing representations of the Abaku, spanning nineteenth-century arts and letters, modern ethnographic texts, museum displays, paintings, and late twentieth century commercial kitsch. This interdisciplinary work combines art history, African Diaspora, cultural studies and cultural anthropology with Latin American.

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