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Diasporal dimensions of Dominican folk religion and music

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Davis,Martha Ellen, (Author)
Journal Article
Publication Date:
Spring, 2012
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Dominican Republic, Religion, Music, Syncretism (Religion), traditional music
"Dominican culture and society can be characterized as a hybrid whose nature is expressed in various domains. For example, folk or popular Catholicism, the religion of some 90 percent of the national population, is in summary a cultural amalgamation. But deconstructed, it can be seen to retain elements of the various contributors to its eclectic configuration: Spanish of different regions, classes, Catholic religious orders, and even religions with regard to Judaic and Islamic features retained in Spanish folk Catholicism; West and Central African of various ethnic origins; continuities of native Taíno beliefs and practices; and other origins, such as the possible East Indian origin of the vodú deity of the “black” Guedé family, Santa Marta la Dominadora." -The Author