Download PDF by C. Lynn Carr: A Year in White: Cultural Newcomers to Lukumi and Santería

By C. Lynn Carr

ISBN-10: 0813571197

ISBN-13: 9780813571195

ISBN-10: 0813571200

ISBN-13: 9780813571201

In the Afro-Cuban Lukumi non secular tradition—more normally recognized within the usa as Santería—entrants into the priesthood endure a rare fifty-three-week initiation interval. in this time, those novices—called iyawo—endure a bunch of prohibitions, together with so much particularly donning completely white clothing. In A yr in White, sociologist C. Lynn Carr, who underwent this initiation herself, opens a window in this awesome year-long spiritual transformation.
In her intimate research of the “year in white,” Carr attracts on fifty-two in-depth interviews with different individuals, an internet survey of approximately 2 hundred others, and virtually a decade of her personal ethnographic fieldwork, accumulating tales that let us to work out how cultural rookies and natives notion, felt, and acted with reference to their initiation. She records how, throughout the iyawo 12 months, the ritual slowly transforms the initiate’s identification. For the 1st 3 months, for example, the iyawo won't use a reflect, even to shave, and needs to devour all foodstuff whereas seated on a mat at the flooring utilizing just a spoon and their very own set of dishes. through the whole 12 months, the iyawo loses their identify and is just addressed as “iyawo” through relations and friends.
Carr additionally indicates that this year-long spiritual ritual—which is conducted whilst the iyawo is going approximately day-by-day life—offers new perception into faith normally, suggesting that the sacred isn't really separable from the profane and certainly that faith stocks an ongoing dynamic courting with the realities of way of life. spiritual expression occurs at domestic, at the streets, at paintings and school.
providing perception not just into Santería but additionally into faith extra more often than not, A 12 months in White makes a major contribution to our figuring out of advanced, dynamic spiritual landscapes in multicultural, pluralist societies and the way they inhabit our day-by-day lives.

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