Possessed by a slave, not slavery


  • Anastasios Panagiotopoulos CRIA-Universidade Nova de Lisboa


The present paper is divided into three large steps around the themes of spirit possession and the historical imagination of slavery in Cuba. These three steps reflect both ethnographic dimensions of these themes and broader theoretical approaches towards them. The last step, ‘apomimesis’, is the one proposed by the author, not by way of replacement but displace­ment. The first step, ‘formulaic’ historical imagination, covers the ground of a direct expression of slavery as historical trauma through spirit possession. The second step, ‘mimesis’, displaces the first by adding into it the possibility of reversal, of empowerment, the slave becoming an anti-slave. The third creates another simultaneous condition. Through the negative dialectics of apomimesis the non-slave emerges.



2021-07-27 — Updated on 2021-07-27


How to Cite

Panagiotopoulos, A. (2021). Possessed by a slave, not slavery. Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, 45(4), 3–22. https://doi.org/10.30676/jfas.v45i4.101278