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Santería in Catemaco, Mexico : Hybrid (Re)Configurations of Religious Meaning and Practice

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Papenfuss, Maria:
Santería in Catemaco, Mexico : Hybrid (Re)Configurations of Religious Meaning and Practice.
In: Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society. Vol. 9 (2023) Issue 2 . - pp. 375-394.
ISSN 2364-2807

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The Mexican city of Catemaco is famous for its diversity of African-American religious traditions. Although Santería was originally shaped in Cuba, the local Mexican versions show not only a variety of references regarding their origins and influences, ranging from West Africa and Cuba to local indigenous traditions, but also (re)interpretations of historically and geographically diverse contents. Based on interview data gathered during field research in 2017, this article outlines the different hybrid (re)configurations of African-Mexican Santería in Catemaco by tracing the changes made by the practitioners in order to adapt existing traditions. The corresponding adaptation processes include beliefs, practices, lore and material assets. Under a critical perspective, concepts of transnationalism, syncretism and glocalization are discussed, focussing on the dynamics between local and global aspects of Santería in Catemaco and shedding light on the processes of inclusion, exclusion and the shift of boundaries.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: No
Keywords: Santería; Afro-American religion; Mexico; Hybridity; Glocalization
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Study of Religion with an emphasis on contemporary culture
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 200 Religion > 200 Religion
200 Religion > 290 Other religions
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2022 14:24
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2023 10:43