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:

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All divinity was surpassed by the multitude of the Palo dead on the night a prenda- nganga-enquiso was constructed. The powers of these dead were framed by the Catholic construction of Jewish difference as devil and witch. Considerable energy was drawn from the fear and uncertainty these spectral entities inspired. The prenda judía was triumphant because each of the practitioners knew that coming together as witches (brujos) in the company of the devil and the Jew under Tormenta's cloud meant crossing inviolate lines. Doing so gained them command within the worlds of African inspiration in Cuba, even though Tormenta Ndoki might not have been successful in killing on their behalf. Not only was the world of Catholicism vulnerable to the powers of judía prenda, but also the world was vouchsafed by the powers of Ocha/Santo sovereigns.

Keywords: Catholicism; judía; brujos; sovereigns; Tormenta Ndoki

Chapter.  2409 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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