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Religious Studies

Todd Ramón Ochoa is an Associate Professor in the Religious Studies Department at UNC. His first book, Society of the Dead, is an ethnography of a Cuban-Kongo society of affliction, and its healing-harming practices at the turn of the 21st century. His second book is about an African-inspired community in rural central Cuba. This book describes the healing feasts, called bembés, which focus and intensify life in a small town. It is an engagement with questions of materiality, cultural recombination, and excess, in Cuban religious life.