ERIC Number: EJ1058854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
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Reference Count: 39
Finding the Written in Unexpected Places: Literacy in the Maintenance and Practice of Lukumí Rituals and Traditions
Pogue, Tiffany D.
Written Communication, v32 n2 p174-194 Apr 2015
This study describes the use of literacy--including the written word--in the maintenance and practice of Lukumí, a Diasporic African spiritual tradition. While Lukumí is decidedly orally transmitted, the written word is still a critical part of its contemporary practice. Relying on data collected during participant observation of ceremonies and rituals, semistructured interviews and focus groups, the study reveals the ways in which orality, material culture, and the written word exist within a communicative continuum critical to Lukumí devotion and practice.
Descriptors: Written Language, Literacy, Religion, Religious Cultural Groups, Participant Observation, Semi Structured Interviews, Focus Groups, Cultural Influences, Oral Language, Communication Strategies, Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Language Usage, Immigrants, Migration, Coding, Spiritual Development, African Americans, African Culture, Cultural Maintenance
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