By critically engaging with anthropological theories on sacriﬁce and religious “mediation,” this article offers a doubly indigenous ethnographic theory of sacriﬁce and much beyond. Using material on Afro-Cuban divination and Fernando Ortiz’s notion of “counterpoint,” it goes beyond dominant scholarly understandings of sacriﬁce as a dialectical mediation between the “sacred” and the “profane,” and an act of substitution and annihilation. Rather, it offers an account of sacriﬁce as part of a much wider praxis and ﬁeld wherein it serves, among many other offerings, materials and sensibilities, as a counterpoint and crossroads of exchange. The outcome is a dynamic transformation of a point of view into a “path” that is guided and forged through the ignition and further cultivation of oracular articulacy.
- Afro-Cuban religion