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Society of the Dead: Quita Manaquita and Palo Praise in Cuba

Todd Ochoa


This book explores Palo, a Kongo-inspired “society of affliction” that is poorly understood at the margins of Cuban popular religion. Narrated as an encounter with two teachers of Palo, the book unfolds on the outskirts of Havana as it recounts his attempts to assimilate Palo praise of the dead. Coming to terms with a world in which everyday events and materials are composed of the dead, the author of this book discovers in Palo unexpected resources for understanding the relationship between matter and spirit, for rethinking anthropology's rendering of sorcery, and for representing the play of ... More

Keywords: Palo, affliction, popular religion, Havana, sorcery, Cuban society, Western metaphysics, sensation, transformation, redemption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520256835
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520256835.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd Ochoa, author