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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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. Disintegration of the Spanish Empire

. Disintegration of the Spanish Empire

(p.140) 6. Disintegration of the Spanish Empire
Voice of the Leopard

Ivor L. Miller

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter reviews the last two decades of colonial rule, including the official termination of the African cabildos de nación, their Three Kings’ Day processions in Havana, and the attempts by police to destroy Abakuá by confiscating their sacred objects. In the emergent Cuban popular theater and music there is evidence of Abakuá used as a symbol of cubanía (Cuban-ness). To illustrate contemporary anecdotes gathered about Abakuá and African-descended General Antonio Maceo, the chapter reviews the significance of Maceo, whose mother is regarded as the “mother of the Cuban nation”.

Keywords:   colonial rules, cabildos de nación, Havana, Abakuá, Cuba, Maceo

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