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Visions of Power in CubaRevolution, Redemption, and Resistance, 1959-1971$
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Lillian Guerra

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835630

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837368_guerra

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Turning the World Upside Down

Turning the World Upside Down

Fidelismo as a Cultural Religion and National Crisis as a Way of Life

(p.135) Chapter 4 Turning the World Upside Down
Visions of Power in Cuba

Lillian Guerra

University of North Carolina Press

Fidel Castro explicitly rooted the grand narrative of redemption in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the rituals of Catholic Christianity amid a context of national crisis. This chapter focuses on Fidel's appeals to Christian-inspired notions of justice and the citizens' response to them. It explores the citizens' interpretations of fidelismo and how fidelismo became the collective cultural religion of a society governed by an ideologically Marxist state.

Keywords:   Fidel Castro, Catholic Christianity, justice, fidelismo, cultural religion, Marxist state

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