By Aisha Beliso-De Jesús
Santería is an African-inspired, Cuban diaspora faith lengthy stigmatized as witchcraft and infrequently brushed aside as superstition, but its spirit- and possession-based practices are swiftly successful adherents the world over. Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús introduces the time period "copresence" to seize the present transnational adventure of Santería, during which racialized and gendered spirits, deities, monks, and spiritual tourists remake neighborhood, nationwide, and political barriers and reconfigure notions of expertise and transnationalism.
Drawing on 8 years of ethnographic examine in Havana and Matanzas, Cuba, and in long island urban, Miami, la, and the San Francisco Bay zone, Beliso-De Jesús lines the phenomenon of copresence within the lives of Santería practitioners, mapping its emergence in transnational areas and ancient moments and its ritual negotiation of race, imperialism, gender, sexuality, and non secular shuttle. Santería's spirits, deities, and practitioners enable electronic applied sciences for use in new methods, inciting particular encounters via video and different media. disposing of conventional perceptions of Santería as a static, localized perform or as a part of a mythologized "past," this publication emphasizes the religion's dynamic circulations and demands nontranscendental understandings of spiritual transnationalisms.