What About the Cooking of Religion? R AQ U E L R O M B E R G Tel Aviv University The Cooking of History presents a complex, erudite portrait of the making of ``Afro-Cuban religion'' over the last three centuries as an object of study and a religious ``tradition'' by a host of social agents--religious experts, anthropologists, journalists, state agents--driven by variously situated agendas, entitlements, dislocations, and relocations. These agendas are masterfully traced by Stephan Palmie, allowing readers to follow the convoluted genealogies of ´ the study and practice of Afro-Cuban religion. He shows how these genealogies have emerged by distinctively highlighting the role of Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States as well as their respective imaginaries in shaping the labor of expert practitioners-cum-entrepreneurs and anthropologists-cum-practitioners. In this process, Palmie has also considerably ´ raised the bar of reflexivity in the fields of history, anthropology, and social theory. One of the more potent imaginaries engaging these various actors in their shared debates, wars, alliances, and competitions in this book is the idea of ``origins.'' African, Africanity, and Africanization or rather Yorubanization, and Cuban or Cubanness appear as key modifiers and players in these arguments. They
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