Responsive Dead

Todd Ramón Ochoa

in Society of the Dead

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780520256835
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947924 | DOI:
Responsive Dead

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This chapter is about the responsive dead, or those dead that emerge from the immediacy of Kalunga to be actualized in the self, in the interiority of one's mind and memory, and which have a strong influence on those in whom they manifest. Isidra's discourse of the dead often included talk of versions, or aspects, of the dead to whom she could call and from whom she would receive a response. She referred to these dead in the possessive, principally to her parental ancestors and also to specific dead such as teachers and friends. Responsive figures are important in all forms of African inspiration in Cuba today. The responsive dead have influence; this is the evidence of their vitality and force and what they share with the living.

Keywords: responsive dead; Kalunga; responsive figures; African inspiration; Cuba

Chapter.  2106 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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