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Religion in the Kitchen"Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions"$
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Elizabeth Pérez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479861613

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479861613.001.0001

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Space, Time, and Ache

Space, Time, and Ache

(p.25) 1 Space, Time, and Ache
Religion in the Kitchen

Elizabeth Pérez

NYU Press

Chapter 1 locates Ilé Laroye within the historical context of Chicago’s South Side and addresses its everyday conversion of sacred space. It introduces Ashabi Mosley as one of the ilé elders descended from Black ancestors propelled north during the Great Migration, and shows that the religious culture to which it gave rise went to condition potential members’ receptivity to Afro-Cuban religions. The chapter then offers a biographical sketch of Asabi herself and a brief history of the house-temple in Lucumí, the African-born founders of which privileged rites of passage over ethnicity, race, and familial descent as grounds for religious affiliation. Attention to the interior décor and spatial organization of Ashabi’s home leads to an analysis of Ilé Laroye’s institutional structure and religious ethos. Finally, the introduction considers its ceremonial calendar—along with ritual time, class, affect, and the invocation of slavery—as its members honored multiple traditions (Lucumí, Palo Monte, and Espiritismo) under one roof. With reference to conventions surrounding social etiquette and the expression of exhaustion as a particular type of ache, the chapter asserts that the practice of Afro-Cuban religions changed ilé members’ habits to the point that they became equipped with a new habitus.

Keywords:   Chicago, sacred space, migration, race, Afro-Cuban religions, habitus, ritual time, affect, class, slavery

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