Book review from The Latin Americanist

In a book review of Afro-Cuban Religious Arts from The Latin Americanist, dated December 2014, historian Tiffany Sippial writes:

A collection of old photographs and treasured religious items provided Kristine Juncker with an entryway into a world that is often difficult for outsiders to access—the world of Afro-Cuban religion.  . . .

This concealment stems not only from a reverence for the sacred, but also from a long history of religious persecution on the island. . . .

Juncker provides a rigorous—almost curatorial—catalog of specific altars with a special focus on the symbolic meaning of the individual objects contained therein.. . .

See: The Latin Americanist

At the conclusion of the review, I was intrigued by the idea of working with the recipes as a teaching tool! Among the recipes, in particular, I will note here that those cornmeal cakes for Yemayá with sugarcane syrup are a lot of work! This would engage a lot of the senses. There’s the very sweet perfume of the sugar and the intensive amount of energy involved in combining the cornmeal with the syrup. This would offer a lot of context to the labor involved in historical sugar production in general, as well as entryway into discussing characteristics of different Afro-Caribbean oricha.

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