Yenye Laba, or How to Season an ´ Afro-Caribbean Dish H A N S D E WA A R D T VU University in Amsterdam As a specialist in the cultural and religious history of sixteenth-century Europe, I feel forced to admit that I know far too little of the religious history of Latin America. Cuba is no exception in this. So, Palmie's book really ´ struck me as an eye-opener to a culture hitherto unknown to me, apart from the son and boleros of bands like Buena Vista Social Club. But then I realized that much of it had a familiar ring. The read was, in other words, both reconnaissance and recognition. That many themes that Palmie discusses here ´ fall on common ground with subjects I touch upon in my teaching and research offered me a key. But this sounds a bit lighter than it actually was, for I'm afraid that this text is not always an easy read. It would have benefitted greatly from a final proofreading and a correction of the rather numerous spelling errors. Another complicating factor is the author's preference for drawn out sentences. A sentence on page 241, for instance, spreads
Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Feb 5, 2015
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