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Orisa Tradtion, the Catholic Church, and the Construction of Black Identity in 19th Century Brazil and Cuba

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Date Issued:
2013
Abstract/Description:
This thesis compares the role of the hybridized religious traditions Candombl(&)#233; and Santer(&)#237;a in the construction of identity for people of color in Brazil and Cuba in the 19th century. In particular, it focuses on the development of these traditions within Catholic confraternities and contrasts the use of ethnic and religious categories within them to define (")African-ness(") and (")blackness(") as Brazil and Cuba transitioned from slaveholding colonies to post-abolition nation-states. This comparison is illustrated through the examination of each colony's slave trade and the nature of slavery as it was practiced within them; the analysis of the structure of Ibero-American Catholic practice and the diverse forms of religious expression which resulted from its interaction with Yor(&)#249;b(&)#225; (&)#242;r(&)#236;s(&)#224; worship; comparing each colony's independence and abolition movements and the racial tensions which followed; and contrasting the Brazilian and Cuban hierarchies of color, including the variety of mechanisms that both the enslaved and free people of color employed to navigate the multi-racial societies in which they lived.
Title: Orisa Tradtion, the Catholic Church, and the Construction of Black Identity in 19th Century Brazil and Cuba.
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Name(s): Sellers, Allison, Author
Martinez Fernandez, Luis, Committee Chair
Pineda, Yovanna, Committee Member
Walker, Ezekiel, Committee Member
, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This thesis compares the role of the hybridized religious traditions Candombl(&)#233; and Santer(&)#237;a in the construction of identity for people of color in Brazil and Cuba in the 19th century. In particular, it focuses on the development of these traditions within Catholic confraternities and contrasts the use of ethnic and religious categories within them to define (")African-ness(") and (")blackness(") as Brazil and Cuba transitioned from slaveholding colonies to post-abolition nation-states. This comparison is illustrated through the examination of each colony's slave trade and the nature of slavery as it was practiced within them; the analysis of the structure of Ibero-American Catholic practice and the diverse forms of religious expression which resulted from its interaction with Yor(&)#249;b(&)#225; (&)#242;r(&)#236;s(&)#224; worship; comparing each colony's independence and abolition movements and the racial tensions which followed; and contrasting the Brazilian and Cuban hierarchies of color, including the variety of mechanisms that both the enslaved and free people of color employed to navigate the multi-racial societies in which they lived.
Identifier: CFE0004935 (IID), ucf:49639 (fedora)
Note(s): 2013-08-01
M.A.
Arts and Humanities, History
Masters
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Subject(s): African diaspora -- religion -- slavery -- Brazil -- Cuba -- Yoruba -- identity
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004935
Restrictions on Access: campus 2014-08-15
Host Institution: UCF

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