The Movement in Crossing and Dwelling Essay

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Religion is sometimes looked at from one aspect and is often challenging to describe when one is asked to. In Crossing and Dwelling by Thomas Tweed, he describes religion not only from one aspect but from multiple viewpoints. He also does so in terms of movement, relation, and position through which he uses gets across some of the main ideas of his novel. His definition of religions which are “confluences of organic-cultural flows that intensify joy and confront suffering by drawing on human and suprahuman forces to make homes and cross boundaries” was constituted from his encounter with the Cubans in Miami. Through his religious experience with the Cubans, Tweed is able to define religions and not religion from multiple aspects.
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As he observes all that is going on around him he begins to make connections of why the Cuban point of view of religion is so retrospective. He starts to make connections to himself of the relations of the “interdependence of religion and politics; the links between the nineteenth-century wars for independence and the contemporary struggles for the liberation of Castro’s Cuba; the bonds and tensions among the generations; and the contacts and exchanges among religious traditions.” (Tweed) He determines that all this helps make their point of view religion what it is. He also talks about the historical relations which he feels others who try to define religion are silent about. (Tweed) Tweed describes this relation as “containing Afro-Cuban and Roman Catholic traditions in Cuba” which was not practiced the way it usually was supposed to be but that it contained “long processes of contact and exchange” which in a sense enforced diversity. (Tweed) Thomas Tweed also talks of familial relations which plays an immense factor. He talks about how fathers raised their children above their shoulders for them to get a better view of the procession and how the children would also notice that their elders wept as they sang “La Virgen Mambisa.” (Tweed) For those who didn’t remember their homeland or that grew into American culture, it created tension between both the older and younger generations. (Tweed)
In terms of position Tweed talks about theory. He felt that “theorists have

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