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Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba

Ivor L. Miller

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110836
eISBN:
9781604738148
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110836.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

This book shows how African migrants and their political fraternities played a formative role in the history of Cuba. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, no large kingdoms controlled ... More


Introduction

Ivor L. Miller

in Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110836
eISBN:
9781604738148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110836.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

This introductory chapter discusses the main themes and research methodology used in the presented study. This book tells the story of how several generations of West Africans, who were enslaved and ... More


. Arrival

Ivor L. Miller

in Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110836
eISBN:
9781604738148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110836.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

This chapter is based largely on Abakuá narratives about the arrival of Carabalá Ékpè members and the various stages in their process of recreating Ékpè in Cuba. They created the first Abakuá lodges ... More


. The Fortified City

Ivor L. Miller

in Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110836
eISBN:
9781604738148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110836.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

This chapter describes the roles of free urban blacks, urban cabildos de nación (African nation-groups), fugitives from slavery living in Havana, workers on the wharves of Havana, battalions of ... More


. From Creole to Carabalí

Ivor L. Miller

in Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110836
eISBN:
9781604738148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110836.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

This chapter describes how creoles, or Cuban-born initiates, were assimilated into Cross River traditions through Abakuá practice. It focuses on how an Abakuá title-holder in Havana named Andrés ... More


. Disintegration of the Spanish Empire

Ivor L. Miller

in Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110836
eISBN:
9781604738148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110836.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

This chapter reviews the last two decades of colonial rule, including the official termination of the African cabildos de nación, their Three Kings’ Day processions in Havana, and the attempts by ... More


. Havana Is the Key: Abakuá in Cuban Music

Ivor L. Miller

in Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110836
eISBN:
9781604738148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110836.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

A profound relationship exists between Abakuá and Cuban popular music. This chapter lays out evidence for Calabarí presence in the formation of rumba music in the nineteenth century and the use of ... More


. Conclusions

Ivor L. Miller

in Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110836
eISBN:
9781604738148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110836.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

This chapter summarizes the preceding discussions, which showed how African migrants in colonial Cuba, through Abakuá, reorganized their homeland government and passed it onto their offspring in the ... More


Cubans in Calabar: Ékpè Has One Voice

Ivor L. Miller

in Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110836
eISBN:
9781604738148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110836.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

This epilogue describes an encounter of Abakuá and Ékpè in Calabar at the International Ékpè Festival in 2004. This event greatly impacted Abakuá and Ékpè groups, who are confirming their local ... More


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