Religion in the Kitchen: Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions Hardback

Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions

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Religion in the Kitchen: Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions

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Before honey can be offered to the Afro-Cuban deity Ochun, it must be tasted, to prove to her that it is good. In African-inspired religions throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States, such gestures instill the attitudes that turn participants into practitioners. Acquiring deep knowledge of the diets of the gods and ancestors constructs adherents identities; to learn to fix the gods favorite dishes is to be seasoned into their service.In this innovative work, Elizabeth Perez reveals how seemingly trivial "micropractices" such as the preparation of sacred foods, are complex rituals in their own right. Drawing on years of ethnographic research in Chicago among practitioners of Lucumi, the transnational tradition popularly known as Santeria, Perez focuses on the behind-the-scenes work of the primarily women and gay men responsible for feeding the gods. She reveals how cooking and talking around the kitchen table have played vital socializing roles in Black Atlantic religions.Entering the world of divine desires and the varied flavors that speak to them, this volume takes a fresh approach to the anthropology of religion. Its richly textured portrait of a predominantly African-American Lucumi community reconceptualizes race, gender, sexuality, and affect in the formation of religious identity, proposing that every religion coalesces and sustains itself through its own secret recipe of micropractices. "

Religion in the Kitchen: Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions by Elizabeth Perez was published by NYU Press in February 2016. The ISBN for Religion in the Kitchen: Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions is 9781479861613.

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Page last updated 17th March 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherNYU Press (February 2016)
Weight612g
Number of Pages320
Thickness22 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9781479861613
ISBN-101479861618
Product Code4384156
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