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By Bettina Schmidt

Caribbean Diaspora within the united states offers a brand new cultural concept according to an exploration of Caribbean spiritual groups in ny urban. The Caribbean tradition of recent York demonstrates a cultural dynamism which embraces Spanish conversing, English talking and French conversing migrants. All cultures are filled with breaks and contradictions as Latin American and Caribbean theorists have validated of their ongoing debate. This publication combines specified examine via the writer in Caribbean ny with the theoretical discourse of Latin American and Caribbean students. targeting 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 reckoning on scenario, time and context. exhibiting the creativity of religions and how immigrants adapt to their new atmosphere, this booklet fills a niche among Latin American and Caribbean reports.

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Understanding Caribbean religions leads me to an understanding of the Caribbean world. In a similar way to Vernon Boggs (1989), who describes how Afro-Hispanic music has opened up for him an approach to cultural mixtures, I have found that my fascination for Caribbean religions is my own way into the creativity of Caribbean New York and cultural mixtures. As Jensen wrote, academic knowledge arises from a creative act itself; one has to become overwhelmed (ergriffen) to create something new, even academic understanding (1992: 23).

Regular attendance at mass and sacraments is not the sign of a ‘good catholic’ as it is among Americans. Folk practices are still strong and important even among youth. (1987: 1987: 133) As a result of his findings the church founded a Secretariat for Hispanic Affairs in 1974 and in 1983 the office of Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees. Brooklyn, declared by its bishop as the diocese of immigrants (Liptak 1989: 197), belonged to the central office until 1991, when the independent Hispanic Ministry Office was founded.

While I will portray the religious communities according to the anthropology of religion, the interpretation of cultural events as an exhibition or a performance on stage is unusual in anthropology of religion. Hence, I had to look for a different perspective in order to include this important aspect of urban Caribbean New York. Performances are, of course, part of anthropological research. 11 As I did not want to limit my research to cultural events such as the Caribbean carnival parade, while I was living in New York City and participating as much as possible in urban Caribbean New York I realized that I needed a broader frame for my research without resorting to an ethnocentric concept of ‘theatre’.

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