Puerto Rican Cultural And Religion



I am a member of the Puerto Rican American Families research team. I
myself grew up in a Puerto Rican American, or "New Yorican", family. The
assignment is a field study. The study is on an observation of the religious
community. We visited a Roman Catholic church in Buffalo on the west side,
which is a predominantly Hispanic area of the city. I myself am also a Roman
Catholic. This is a slightly erred site, because I believe that most Puerto
Ricans migrated to New York City. However, we were able to make some
interesting observations. The group attended mass at Holy Cross; both an
English and Spanish mass. It seemed that the group accepted our presence
without any apprehension, ...

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The English mass had the "traditional" European "angelica" type singing.
The Spanish mass, however, had more upbeat music, along with the use of
"traditionally" Carribean instruments like maracas, for example.
What does this suggest about the religious community of Puerto Rican
Americans? I think that it is a balance between assimilation and preserving the
culture. I think it is obvious that Roman Catholicism was not the native
religion of Borinquen. Borinquen was the name of the island Puerto Rico
before the conquest of the Spanish. So since they had already been forced to
assimilate their culture into European culture by the Columbians, they found
they could easily assimilate into American culture more readily than other
cultures. However, we find in the Spanish mass, the use of Carribean
instruments. This suggests an effort by the religious community to maintain the
Puerto Rican culture.
I personally have experienced the efforts to maintain Puerto Rican
culture in ...

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Added: 8/23/2008 11:10:19 AM
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