Our Lady of the Exile: Diasporic Religion at a Cuban by Thomas A. Tweed

By Thomas A. Tweed

Our woman of the Exile is a examine of Cuban-American well known Catholicism, concentrating on the shrine of Our woman Charity in Miami. Drawing on quite a lot of resources and utilizing either historic and ethnographic tools, the ebook examines the spiritual lifetime of the Cuban exiles who stopover at the shrine. these pilgrims are varied, and so are the causes that deliver them. whilst, writer Thomas A. Tweed argues, Cuban devotees of the nationwide patroness percentage very much. such a lot come to wish for his or her fatherland and to recreate bonds with different Cubans, at the island and within the diaspora. The shrine is a spot the place they arrive to make experience of themselves as an exiled humans. The spiritual symbols there hyperlink the previous and current and bridge the fatherland and the recent land. via rituals and artifacts on the shrine, Tweed indicates, the Cuban diaspora "imaginatively constructs its collective identification and transports itself to the Cuba of reminiscence and desire."

While the booklet makes a speciality of Cuban exiles in Miami, it strikes past case learn because it explores greater matters pertaining to faith, id, and position. How do migrants relate to inheritor fatherland? How do they comprehend themselves once they were displaced? What function does faith play between those diasporic teams? construction in this examine of 1 exiled workforce, Tweed proposes a conception of diasporic faith that supplies to light up the reviews of different teams which have been displaced from their place of birth.

As the 1st book-length research of Cuban-American Catholicism, Tweed's e-book could be a useful source to students and scholars of not just spiritual experiences, American experiences, and Ethnic stories, but in addition those that research cultural anthropology, human geography, and Latin American history.

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