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By C. Lynn Carr

In the Afro-Cuban Lukumi non secular tradition—more mostly recognized within the usa as Santería—entrants into the priesthood suffer a rare fifty-three-week initiation interval. in this time, those novices—called iyawo—endure a bunch of prohibitions, together with such a lot particularly donning solely white clothing. In A 12 months in White, sociologist C. Lynn Carr, who underwent this initiation herself, opens a window in this awesome year-long non secular transformation.
 
In her intimate research of the “year in white,” Carr attracts on fifty-two in-depth interviews with different individuals, an internet survey of approximately 200 others, and nearly a decade of her personal ethnographic fieldwork, accumulating tales that let us to work out how cultural novices and natives inspiration, felt, and acted in regards to their initiation. She records how, through the iyawo yr, the ritual slowly transforms the initiate’s id. For the 1st 3 months, for example, the iyawo won't use a reflect, even to shave, and needs to devour all food whereas seated on a mat at the flooring utilizing just a spoon and their very own set of dishes. in the course of the complete yr, the iyawo loses their identify and is just addressed as “iyawo” through kinfolk and friends.
 
Carr additionally indicates that this year-long spiritual ritual—which is conducted at the same time the iyawo is going approximately day-by-day life—offers new perception into faith in most cases, suggesting that the sacred isn't separable from the profane and certainly that faith stocks an ongoing dynamic dating with the realities of lifestyle. non secular expression occurs at domestic, at the streets, at paintings and school.
 
providing perception not just into Santería but additionally into faith extra quite often, A 12 months in White makes a tremendous contribution to our realizing of advanced, dynamic spiritual landscapes in multicultural, pluralist societies and the way they inhabit our day-by-day lives.
 

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