Afro-Caribbean Religions: An Introduction to Their Historical, Cultural, and Sacred Traditions

Afro-Caribbean Religions: An Introduction to Their Historical, Cultural, and Sacred Traditions

by Nathaniel Samuel Murrell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1439900418

ISBN-13: 9781439900413

Pub. Date: 11/28/2009

Publisher: Temple University Press

In Afro-Caribbean Religions, Nathaniel Samuel Murrell provides a comprehensive study that respectfully traces the social, historical, and political contexts of these religions. This accessibly written introduction examines the cultural traditions and transformations of every African-derived religion of the Caribbean, along with its cosmology, beliefs, cultic

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In Afro-Caribbean Religions, Nathaniel Samuel Murrell provides a comprehensive study that respectfully traces the social, historical, and political contexts of these religions. This accessibly written introduction examines the cultural traditions and transformations of every African-derived religion of the Caribbean, along with its cosmology, beliefs, cultic structures, and ritual practices. Ideal for classroom use, Afro-Caribbean Religions includes a glossary that defines key terms and identifies key figures.

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ISBN-13:
9781439900413
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Part I African Connections: Historical Roots of Afro-Caribbean Religions

1 Yoruba, Fon-Ewe, Ashanti, and Kongo Cultural History 13

2 African Cultus and Functionaries 37

Part II Vodou: Haitian Religion

3 Vodou and the Haitians' Struggle 57

4 Serving the Lwa 74

Part III Santeria and Palo Monte: Cuban Religion of the Orisha and Drums

5 Caribbean Santeria 95

6 Energy of the Ashe Community and Cultus 114

7 Palo Monte Mayombe 135

Part IV Creole Religions of the Southern Caribbean

8 Dancing to Orixas' Axe in Candomble 159

9 Umbanda and Its Antecedents 183

10 Orisha Powers: Creole Religion in Trinidad and Tobago 202

Part V Jamaica's Creole Religions: Culture of Resistance and Rhythms

11 Obeah: Magical Art of Resistance 225

12 Myal and Kumina in Jamaica's Past 246

13 Poco, Zion, and Convince 268

14 The Rastafari Chant 286

Conclusion 321

Notes 325

Glossary 383

Selected Bibliography 395

Index 41

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