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Voice of the LeopardAfrican Secret Societies and Cuba$
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Ivor L. Miller

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781934110836

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781934110836.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.3) Introduction
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Voice of the Leopard
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Ivor L. Miller

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781934110836.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses the main themes and research methodology used in the presented study. This book tells the story of how several generations of West Africans, who were enslaved and forced to migrate to the Caribbean, were able to regroup to form communities in which their specific philosophies and lifeways could be taught to their off spring. It details how the Abakuá mutual aid society of Cuba was recreated in the 1830s from several local variants of the Ékpè leopard society of West Africa’s Cross River basin.

Keywords:   West Africans, Caribbean, self-liberation, leopard, Cross River basin, Ékpè, Abakuá, Cuba, mutual aid society

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