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By Bettina Schmidt

Caribbean Diaspora within the united states offers a brand new cultural idea in keeping with an exploration of Caribbean spiritual groups in long island urban. The Caribbean tradition of recent York demonstrates a cultural dynamism which embraces Spanish conversing, English conversing and French conversing migrants. All cultures are filled with breaks and contradictions as Latin American and Caribbean theorists have confirmed of their ongoing debate. This booklet combines exact examine by way of the writer in Caribbean manhattan with the theoretical discourse of Latin American and Caribbean students. concentrating on Caribbean non secular groups, together with Cuban/Puerto Rican Santería (Regla de Ocha), Haitian Vodou, Shango (Orisha Baptist) from Trinidad and Tobago, and Brazilian Pentecostal church, Schmidt's observations bring about the development of a cultural idea that illustrates a tradition in an ongoing kingdom of swap, with a couple of kind of expression counting on scenario, time and context. displaying the creativity of religions and how immigrants adapt to their new atmosphere, this e-book fills a spot among Latin American and Caribbean stories.

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The programme organized by the Exhibition Board as well as by the Education Board of the museum accentuated the aesthetic side of Caribbean culture, particularly music and dance performances. The museum became the main arena for cultural mixture. On the one hand, it granted access to Caribbean culture to non-Caribbean people and, on the other, it allowed people interested in Caribbean culture to experience its different sides without developing a sense of belonging to a community. , an African-American high school teacher, whom I first met at a dance workshop organized by the Caribbean Cultural Center in Manhattan,17 also attended one lecture where she told me about her various trips into the world of African-American religions, some even to Cuba and Trinidad.

10 Nonetheless, while some churches such as the Iglesia Universal advertise that they offer support, the Catholic Church does not change its attitude and still refers to spiritual care as its first duty. On the other hand, the church has increased its importance for the migrants by addressing the emotional dimension. The worship of saints is the central religious practice in Latin America; hence the decision to import it to New York City has augmented the image of the church. 11 Another change is the charismatic movement that has affected the Catholic Church in New York City.

The programme included, for instance, a classical ethnographic documentary by Melville Herskovits from the 1930s, the legendary film Divine Horsemen by Maya Deren and Cherel Ito (first publicly presented in 1977), two documentaries about Vodou in Haiti by Elsie Haas and in New York by Karen Kramer (from the 1980s), and an overview of productions by the Haitian filmmaker and former Minister Raoul Peck. The film Divine Horsemen – announced as an avant-garde film – attracted the largest number of spectators, perhaps because it presented the dimension of religious praxis rather than that of daily life (Herskovits).

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