Disguises and Holy Spaces

MIGUEL A. Bretos

in Matanzas

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780813038100
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041568 | DOI:
Disguises and Holy Spaces

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The population of nineteenth-century Matanzas was unusually diverse. It was white, black, Asian, and mixed. The white and black groups were quite heterogeneous. The main line of fracture within the white community was that between criollos and peninsulares, but the peninsulares often tended to identify with their region of origin, not with Spain. The population of African origin was either enslaved or free, and either Cuban born or African born. The latter in particular—like the peninsular Spaniards—tended to identify with their native language and place of origin (nation). This chapter deals with the rituals and holy spaces that affirmed and defined identity, in particular the mostly criollo bando festivals, African public performances of the Dia de Reyes, and the recreation of Catalonia's hallowed Monserrate on a hill near Matanzas.

Keywords: Bandos; festivals; rituals; Dia de Reyes; Monserrate

Chapter.  5936 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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