Work of the Fellows: Monographs

A Party for Lazarus: Six Generations of Ancestral Devotion in a Cuban Town

Ochoa, Todd Ramón (NHC Fellow, 2017–18)

Berkeley: University of California Press, 2021

From the publisher's description:

A Party for Lazarus is the story of a Cuban family, six generations removed from slavery, struggling to honor its ancestors amid changing fortunes and a crumbling state. This intimate intergenerational account centers on an annual feast celebrating ancestors and orisá—the life-changing spirits at the heart of Black Atlantic religious life.

Based on twenty years of fieldwork, Todd Ramón Ochoa's masterful ethnography shows how orisá praise and everyday life have changed in revolutionary Cuba over two decades of economic hardship.

Subjects: Anthropology; Religion; Afro-Cubans; Afro-Cuban Religions; Religious Studies; Ethnography; Cultural Anthropology