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Queering Black Atlantic Religions: Transcorporeality in Candomblé, Santería, and Vodou

Roberto Strongman examines three Afro-diasporic religions–Hatian Vodou, Cuban Lucumí/Santería, and Brazilian Candomblé–to demonstrate how the commingling of humans and the divine during trance possession produce subjectivities whose genders are unconstrained.

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In Queering Black Atlantic Religions Roberto Strongman examines Haitian Vodou, Cuban Lucumí/Santería, and Brazilian Candomblé to demonstrate how religious rituals of trance possession allow humans to understand themselves as embodiments of the divine. In these rituals, the commingling of humans and the divine produces gender identities that are independent of biological sex. As opposed to the Cartesian view of the spirit as locked within the body, the body in Afro-diasporic religions is an open receptacle. Showing how trance possession is a primary aspect of almost all Afro-diasporic cultural production, Strongman articulates transcorporeality as a black, trans-Atlantic understanding of the human psyche, soul, and gender as multiple, removable, and external to the body.

Published Year

2019

Paperback Book Size

22.86 x 15.49 cms

Page Count

296

ISBN

9781478003106

Author

Roberto Strongman