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The voice of the leopard: African secret societies and Cuba

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Miller,Ivor (Author)
Format:
Book, Whole
Publication Date:
2008
URL:
http://www.worldcat.org/isbn/9781934110836
Published:
Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, Projected Date: 0812
ISBN:
9781934110836
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Blacks, Social life and customs, Cuba, African influences, Secret societies, Sociedad Secreta Abakua (Cuba)
Notes:
364 p., Miller's extensive fieldwork in Cuba and West Africa documents ritual languages and practices that survived the Middle Passage and evolved into a unifying charter for transplanted slaves and their successors. To gain deeper understanding of the material, Miller underwent Ékpè initiation rites in Nigeria after ten years' collaboration with Abakuá initiates in Cuba and the United States. He argues that Cuban music, art, and even politics rely on complexities of these African-inspired codes of conduct and leadership.