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Author Pérez, Elizabeth, 1975- author.

Title Religion in the kitchen : cooking, talking, and the making of Black Atlantic traditions / Elizabeth Perez
Published New York : New York University Press, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 298 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates) : color illustrations
Series North American religions
North American religions.
Contents Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I. Ordinary Home Cooking; 1. Space, Time, and Ache; 2. Kitchen, Food, and Family; Part II. Kitchen Work; 3. Engendering Knowledge; 4. Gendering the Kitchen; Part III. Kitchen Talk; 5. Tasting Affliction; 6. Walking the Talk; Conclusion: Micropractices in Macrocosm; Notes; Glossary; Selected Bibliography; Index; About the Author
Summary Before honey can be offered to the Afro-Cuban deity Ochún, it must be tasted, to prove to her that it is good. In African-inspired religions throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States, such gestures instill the attitudes that turn participants into practitioners. Acquiring deep knowledge of the diets of the gods and ancestors constructs adherents' identities; to learn to fix the gods' favourite dishes is to be 'seasoned' into their service. In this innovative work, Elizabeth Pérez reveals how seemingly trivial 'micropractices' such as the preparation of sacred foods, are complex rituals in their own right
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Blacks -- Atlantic Ocean Region -- Religion
Cooking -- Atlantic Ocean Region -- Miscellanea
Santeria -- Customs and practices
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT -- Spirituality -- Paganism & Neo-Paganism.
Blacks -- Religion.
RELIGION -- Comparative Religion.
Atlantic Ocean Region.
Genre/Form Trivia and miscellanea.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1479803219