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Rethinking Slave Rebellion in CubaLa Escalera and the Insurgencies of 1841-1844$
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Aisha K. Finch

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469622347

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622347.001.0001

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African Cuban Sacred Traditions and the Making of an Insurgency

African Cuban Sacred Traditions and the Making of an Insurgency

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(p.199) Chapter Seven African Cuban Sacred Traditions and the Making of an Insurgency
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Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba
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Aisha K. Finch

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622347.003.0008

This chapter explores the ways a range of African spiritual practices became the lynchpins in a sacred insurgent geography of 1844. This cultural architecture, particularly through amulets and rituals, proved useful to slave organizers as they encouraged awareness and support for the bourgeoning movement. This chapter considers how the cultural infrastructure of West and Central Africa—primarily its religious cosmologies and expressive cultures—provided a vehicle and a language for rural black people to access rebellious ideas and articulate a revolutionary agenda. In doing so, these practices became instrumental in connecting people to the idea of insurgency in the rural areas.

Keywords:   religion, African spiritual practices, culture, amulets, rituals, West Africa, Central Africa, revolutionary agenda

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