Queering Black Atlantic Religions

Transcorporeality in Candomblé, Santería, and Vodou

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Robert Strongman
Religious Cultures of African and African Diaspora People
  • Durham, NC: 
    Duke University Press
    , March
     2019.
     296 pages.
     $25.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781478001973.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Ahmad Greene-Hayes forthcoming.

Description

In Queering Black Atlantic Religions Roberto Strongman examines Haitian Vodou, Cuban Lucumí/Santería, and Brazilian Candomblé to demonstrate how religious rituals of trance possession allow humans to understand themselves as embodiments of the divine. In these rituals, the commingling of humans and the divine produces gender identities that are independent of biological sex. As opposed to the Cartesian view of the spirit as locked within the body, the body in Afro-diasporic religions is an open receptacle. Showing how trance possession is a primary aspect of almost all Afro-diasporic cultural production, Strongman articulates transcorporeality as a black, trans-Atlantic understanding of the human psyche, soul, and gender as multiple, removable, and external to the body.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Roberto Strongman is Associate Professor of Comparative Caribbean Cultural Studies at University of California.

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