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Author Miller, Ivor.

Title Voice of the leopard : African secret societies and Cuba / Ivor L. Miller
Published Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 364 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
Series Caribbean studies series
Caribbean studies series (Jackson, Miss.)
Contents Arrival -- The fortified city -- Planting Abakuá in Cuba, 1830s to 1860s -- From Creole to Carabalí -- Dispersal : Abakuá exiled to Florida and Spanish Africa -- Disintegration of the Spanish empire -- Havana is the key : Abakuá in Cuban music -- Conclusions -- Epilogue: Cubans in Calabar : Ékpè has one voice
Summary In Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba, Ivor L. Miller shows how African migrants and their political fraternities played a formative role in the history of Cuba. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, no large kingdoms controlled Nigeria and Cameroon's multilingual Cross River basin. Instead, each settlement had its own lodge of the initiation society called Ékpè, or "leopard," which was the highest indigenous authority. Ékpè lodges ruled local communities while also managing regional and long-distance trade. Cross River Africans, enslaved and forcibly brought to
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-337) and index
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Subject Sociedad Abakuá (Cuba)
Blacks -- Cuba -- Social life and customs.
Secret societies -- Cuba.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008033971
ISBN 1604738146 (electronic bk.)
9781604738148 (electronic bk.)