By C. Lynn Carr

In the Afro-Cuban Lukumi spiritual tradition—more in most cases identified 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 so much significantly donning completely white clothing. In A yr in White, sociologist C. Lynn Carr, who underwent this initiation herself, opens a window in this striking year-long non secular transformation.
 
In her intimate research of the “year in white,” Carr attracts on fifty-two in-depth interviews with different members, an internet survey of approximately 200 others, and nearly a decade of her personal ethnographic fieldwork, collecting tales that permit us to determine how cultural beginners and natives concept, felt, and acted with reference to their initiation. She records how, in the course of the iyawo 12 months, the ritual slowly transforms the initiate’s id. For the 1st 3 months, for example, the iyawo won't use a replicate, even to shave, and needs to consume all nutrients whereas seated on a mat at the ground utilizing just a spoon and their very own set of dishes. throughout the whole yr, the iyawo loses their identify and is just addressed as “iyawo” by way of family members and friends.
 
Carr additionally exhibits that this year-long spiritual ritual—which is conducted while the iyawo is going approximately day-by-day life—offers new perception into faith regularly, suggesting that the sacred isn't really separable from the profane and certainly that faith stocks an ongoing dynamic dating with the realities of way of life. spiritual expression occurs at domestic, at the streets, at paintings and school.
 
providing perception not just into Santería but in addition into faith extra in most cases, A yr in White makes an enormous contribution to our figuring out of advanced, dynamic non secular landscapes in multicultural, pluralist societies and the way they inhabit our day-by-day lives.
 

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