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Kings for Three DaysThe Play of Race and Gender in an Afro-Ecuadorian Festival$
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Jean Muteba Rahier

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037511

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037511.001.0001

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Setting Up the Stage

Setting Up the Stage

Contextualizing the Afro-Esmeraldian Festival of the Kings

(p.13) 1 Setting Up the Stage
Kings for Three Days

Jean Muteba Rahier

University of Illinois Press

This chapter provides additional and required contextual information that should facilitate the reading of the analyses of the Festival of the Kings. It begins by revisiting briefly the theoretical discussion begun in this introduction about the importance “place” should have in festivity studies. It then goes on with the presentation of a brief history of the celebrations of the Catholic Epiphany, which leads to a historical explanation of how it became a festivity with which African slaves associated. The chapter concludes with historical accounts of the black presence in the province of Esmeraldas, which come infused with bits of provincial, national, and transnational economic history.

Keywords:   Festival of the Kings, Ecuador, festivity studies, Catholic Epiphany, African slaves, blacks, Esmeraldas

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