Secrets Under the Skin

Edited by Jill Flanders Crosby, Melba Nuñez Isalbe, Susan Matthews and Roberto Pedroso García

in Making Caribbean Dance

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034676
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813046303 | DOI:
Secrets Under the Skin

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Jill Flanders Crosby illuminates the attachment to African ancestry in two small towns of Matanzas province in Cuba of adherents of Arará, a religion descended from the Ewe and Fon of Dahomey—contemporary Benin, Togo, and eastern Ghana. She describes ancestral stories, particular practitioners, ceremonies, sacred places, altars, and the fodunes (representations of deities) that are part of them in Perico and Agramonte. Having also spent years investigating the dances of the Ewe, she returns to Ghana and Togo and notes how relationships with Cuban practice are received there and concludes with evocative Arará dancing at a ceremony at a third Cuban town, Jovellanos.

Keywords: Jill Flanders Crosby; Arará; African ancestry; Matanzas province; Cuba; fodunes; Dahomey; Ghana; Ewe; sacred places

Chapter.  4865 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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