Activating the Past: History and Memory in the Black by Andrew Apter, Lauren Derby

By Andrew Apter, Lauren Derby

'Activating the previous' explores serious old occasions and ameliorations linked to embodied thoughts within the Black Atlantic international. The assembled case-studies expose hidden historic references to neighborhood and nearby encounters with Atlantic modernity, targeting spiritual gala's that signify political and fiscal relationships in 'fetishized' sorts of energy and price. even if thoughts of the slave exchange are hardly said in West Africa and the Americas, they've got retreated, so as to communicate, inside ritual institutions as limited, repressed, even mystery histories which are activated in the course of public gala's and during diverse varieties of spirit ownership. In West Africa, our specialize in chosen port towns alongside the coast extends into the hinterlands, the place slave raiding happened yet is poorly documented and barely said. within the Caribbean, neighborhood contrasts among coastal and hinterland groups relate figures of the jibaro, the indio and the caboclo to their ritual representations in Santeria, Vodou, and Candomble. Highlighting the spatial organization of stories with shrines and the ritual 'condensation' of nearby geographies, we find neighborhood spirits and family terrains inside co-extensive Atlantic horizons. the amount brings jointly best students of the African Diaspora who not just discover those ritual files for major echoes of the prior, but in addition light up a subaltern historiography embedded inside Atlantic cultural structures.

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2v. Evanston: Northwestern University Press. First published New York: J. J. Augustin. Heywood, Linda M. 2002. Central Africans and cultural transformations in the African diaspora. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. , and John K. Thornton. 2007. Central Africans, Atlantic creoles, and the foundation of the Americas, 1585–1660. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. James, Wendy. 1988. The listening ebony: Moral knowledge, religion, and power among the Uduk of Sudan. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Such rivalries obviously were the product of a highly differentiated structure of economic opportunity, which, for Havana's working population, translated not just into spatial, but social proximity to sources of employment. But the resulting conflicts were nevertheless structured by cultural precepts laid out by ecué itself. 49 Yet, although each potencia was in possession of the secret that facilitated the crucial transmutation of economic assets into political as well as sacred power, ecué apparently would not accept tampering with its very sources of strength.

40 Once the “power” of a potencia is activated and displayed in ritual drama, there is no distinction between the African past and the Cuban present. Both space and time collapse as the voice of the holder of the Ecueñón-title rings out from the doorstep of a meeting house to announce the exoteric sequence of a plante in the early hours of the morning, and the roaring “voice” of ecué´s sacred friction drum emerges from the cuarto fambá (initiatory chamber of a meetinghouse). ” There is little doubt that water was a key to the spread of Ekpe/Abakuá.

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