Dance of the Dominican Misterios

Edited by Martha Ellen Davis

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:
Dance of the Dominican Misterios

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Martha Ellen Davis illustrates how the Dominican misterios, the spirits influenced by the Vodou of adjacent Haiti, and also the spirits of the dead manifest themselves to Dominican mediums trained to receive them. She reveals the procedures, ceremonies, dances, music, and distinctiveness of this and its relationship to Dominican folk Catholicism. Los misterios, like gagá, which Davis also discusses, are part of a continuum of spiritual practices in the Dominican Republic that Davis terms Vodú-spiritism, which range from the almost purely spiritual, as in the spiritism descended from Allan Kardec, to saints festivals mixing the spiritual and the material, to a spirituality with a strong material component that includes music, dance, and possession by los misterios.

Keywords: Martha Ellen Davis; Dominican Republic; los misterios; Vodou; mediums; folk Catholicism; gagá; Vodú-spiritism; Allen Kardec; saints festivals

Chapter.  5570 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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