Cachita's streets : the Virgin of Charity, race, and revolution in Cuba / Jalane D. Schmidt.Material type: TextSeries: Religious cultures of African and African diaspora people: Publisher: Durham , Duke University Press ; 2015Description: xi, 357 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780822359180; 0822359189; 9780822359371; 0822359375.Subject(s): Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Devotion to -- Cuba | Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint | Virgen de La Caridad | CUBA | Caridad del Cobre, Virgen de la | Revolutions -- Cuba -- History | Caridad del Cobre, Virgen de la | Devotion | Race relations | Revolutions | Marienverehrung | Cuba -- Race relations | Cuba -- History | Cuba | Cuba -- History | Cuba -- Race relationsGenre/Form: History.DDC classification: 277.291/082
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-345) and index.
Introduction: "Antes": processions past -- From foundling to intercessor: Our Lady help of slaves -- Mambisa virgin: patrona of the patria -- Royalty in exile: banishing Bembes -- Crowning Caridad: the queen of republican Cuba -- The virgin general on the march: conquering Cuba? -- Rebel sierras and lowlands: petitioning the mother of Cuba -- "Todos a la plaza!": mobilizing in revolutionary time and space -- "The streets are for revolutionaries!": prohibiting processions -- Luchando in the special period: papal visit -- Conclusion: processions present: returning to the streets, 1998-2012.
Cuba's patron saint, the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre, also called Cachita, is a potent symbol of Cuban national identity. Jalane D. Schmidt shows how groups as diverse as Indians and African slaves, Spanish colonial officials, Cuban independence soldiers, Catholic authorities and laypeople, intellectuals, journalists and artists, practitioners of spiritism and Santería, activists, politicians, and revolutionaries each have constructed and disputed the meanings of the Virgin. Schmidt examines the occasions from 1936 to 2012 when the Virgin's beloved, original brown-skinned effigy was removed from her national shrine in the majority black- and mixed-race mountaintop village of El Cobre and brought into Cuba's cities. There, devotees venerated and followed Cachita's image through urban streets, amassing at large-scale public ceremonies in her honor that promoted competing claims about Cuban religion, race, and political ideology. Schmidt compares these religious rituals to other contemporaneous Cuban street events, including carnival, protests, and revolutionary rallies, where organizers stage performances of contested definitions of Cubanness. Schmidt provides a comprehensive treatment of Cuban religions, history, and culture, interpreted through the prism of Cachita. (Publisher).