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Oduduwa's Chain: Locations of Culture in the Yoruba-Atlantic

Andrew Apter


This book challenges the seasoned trend of disavowing Africa in the Black Atlantic, showing how Yoruba cultural frameworks from West Africa remade black kingdoms and communities in the Americas. Highlighting revisionary strategies and regenerative schemes that are grounded in the dialectics of ritual renewal, it revisits classic topoi in Afro-American studies such as Herskovits’s syncretic paradigm, the petwo paradox in Haitian Vodou, the historical conditions of orisha cult clustering, re-mappings of gender in plantation societies, and the rise of Lucumí and Nagô houses in Cuba and Brazil, in ... More

Keywords: Yoruba-Atlantic, orisha worship, creolization, Cuban Santería, Haitian Vodou, Brazilian Candomblé, Black Atlantic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226506388
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226506555.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Apter, author
University of California, Los Angeles