Emilio OʼFarril

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:
Emilio OʼFarril

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This chapter presents a brief survey of the Cuban Kongo social life, which might better be referred to as Palo society, by following Emilio O'Farril. He was Isidra's teacher of Havana's interpretations of Central and West African forms. The society is broken down into branches and then individual praise houses. Isidra belonged to the Quita Manaquita Briyumba Congo society of Guanabacoa, a city important as an enclave of freed slaves in colonial times and now engulfed by Havana. The fortunes of the society mirrored those of the physical structure it was indivisible from. Emilio was the widely admired founder of the house and, until his death, the presiding authority. Despite hostility on the part of the Cuban Revolution, Emilio managed to maintain the Quita Manaquita Briyumba Congo praise house as a vibrant hierarchy of the living in the service of the dead.

Keywords: Emilio; hierarchy; Isidra's teacher; Cuban Revolution; Guanabacoa

Chapter.  2099 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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