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SALDIVAR, Juan M.. Transnational ethnography of cuban santería in Santiago, Chile (1990-2012). Universum [online]. 2018, vol.33, n.2, pp.171-192. ISSN 0718-2376.

The article shows ethnographic findings on the assembly of Cuban santeria in Santiago, Chile during the 1990's. It establishes some stages of ethnic reconfiguration around the transatlantic ultramarine arrival african slaves in Cuba between XVIII-XX centuries, resulting in syncretic religious traditions on the island. Locates two stages of religious transnationalization in Santiago. The first refers to the exile and return of chileans in Cuba, followed by mobilizations of Cubans to Chile. The second shows the massification of religion promoted by the circulation of legitimized and institutionalized meanings through the extension of markets, leisure spaces and temple houses. The theoretical approach addressed two relevant concepts, the first refers to the global assembly of practices, economies and politics of difference, the second to transnational social fields where cultural and religious traditions operate in new geographical spaces. The methodological strategy considered an opportune analysis to locate phenomena that occur over the borders, so that the multisite ethnography was useful in the circumstantial follow-up of people, objects and practices assembled in multigeographic spaces.

Keywords : Transnationalization; exile; cuban santeria; multisited ethnography; Santiago-Chile.

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