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Creolization as Cultural Creativity$
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Robert Baron and Ana C. Cara

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031069

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031069.001.0001

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Ritual Piracy

Ritual Piracy

Or Creolization with an Attitude

Chapter:
(p.109) Ritual Piracy
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Creolization as Cultural Creativity
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Raquel Romberg

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031069.003.0005

This chapter explores the religious creolization practices by the espiritista bruja(witch healers). It explains that religious creolization has stemmed from the institutionalization of a religion by a colonial hegemony. This creolization process was said to have been a form of “ritual piracy” resulting from irreverent appropriations or plunder of hegemonic religious symbols, rituals, and gestures.

Keywords:   creolization, ritual piracy, institutionalization, religious creolization practices, espiritista bruja

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