Chapter

The Prophetics of Revolution

Kenneth Routon

in Hidden Powers of State in the Cuban Imagination

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034836
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038858 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034836.003.0007
The Prophetics of Revolution

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One of the most significant obstacles the Cuban revolutionary regime has faced is the increasing globalization of Cuban Ocha-Ifá and the potential threat that this poses to national identity. Beginning in the early 1990s, intellectuals, academics, and state officials began placing more of an emphasis on national identity than political community in order to diminish the threat that globalization and neoliberalism posed to the nation's sovereignty and self-determination. This has had rather direct implications for the Ocha-Ifá community. As the number of foreign visitors interested in going through Ocha-Ifá ritual initiation continues to rise, a power struggle has emerged between practitioners, intellectuals, and state officials as they attempt to use the religion for widely divergent purposes.

Keywords: Cuban revolution; Ocha-Ifá; globalization; national identity; neoliberalism; foreign tourists

Chapter.  9106 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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