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Religious 'speculation': the rise of Ifa cults and consumption in post-Soviet Cuba

Holbraad, M; (2004) Religious 'speculation': the rise of Ifa cults and consumption in post-Soviet Cuba. Journal of Latin American Studies , 36 (4) 643 - 663. 10.1017/S0022216X04008119. Green open access

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Abstract

With an ethnographic focus on the prestigious cult of Ifá, this article seeks to account for the recent effervescence of Afro-Cuban cult worship in urban Cuba. It is argued that, since worship involves a marked emphasis on ritual consumption, the cult's rise can be related to wider transformations that have taken place in the field of everyday consumption in Havana during the economic crisis that has followed the collapse of the Soviet bloc. In particular, Ifá has provided an arena for what habaneros call ‘especulación’, a style of conspicuous consumption that has become prevalent among so-called ‘marginal’ groups in recent years.

Type: Article
Title: Religious 'speculation': the rise of Ifa cults and consumption in post-Soviet Cuba
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0022216X04008119
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022216X04008119
Language: English
Additional information: © 2004 Cambridge University Press
Keywords: Cuba, divination, consumption, Socialism, ritual
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/35792
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