Creole Religions of the Caribbean: An Introduction from Vodou and Santeria to Obeah and Espiritismo

Creole Religions of the Caribbean: An Introduction from Vodou and Santeria to Obeah and Espiritismo

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by Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert
     
 

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Creolization—the coming together of diverse beliefs and practices to form new beliefs and practices-is one of the most significant phenomena in Caribbean religious history. Brought together in the crucible of the sugar plantation, Caribbean peoples drew on the variants of Christianity brought by European colonizers, as well as on African religious and

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Creolization—the coming together of diverse beliefs and practices to form new beliefs and practices-is one of the most significant phenomena in Caribbean religious history. Brought together in the crucible of the sugar plantation, Caribbean peoples drew on the variants of Christianity brought by European colonizers, as well as on African religious and healing traditions and the remnants of Amerindian practices, to fashion new systems of belief.

Creole Religions of the Caribbean offers a comprehensive introduction to the syncretic religions that have developed in the region. From Vodou, Santería, Regla de Palo, the Abakuá Secret Society, and Obeah to Quimbois and Espiritismo, the volume traces the historical-cultural origins of the major Creole religions, as well as the newer traditions such as Pocomania and Rastafarianism.

Chapters devoted to specific traditions trace their history, their pantheons and major rituals, and their current-day expressions in the Caribbean and in the diaspora. The volume also provides a general historical background of the Caribbean region.

Creole Religions of the Caribbean is the first text to provide a study of the Creole religions of the Caribbean and will be an indispensable guide to the development of these rich religious traditions and practices.

With 23 black and white illustrations

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Creolization, or combining various beliefs and practices to form new ones, is a phenomenon in Caribbean religious history. Caribbean peoples drew on the Christianity brought by European colonizers, as well as African religious traditions, to form religions such as Santeria, Regla de Palo, the Abakua Secret Society, Vodou, Obeah, Myal, Quimbois, and Espiritismo. Here, Olmos (Spanish, Brooklyn Coll., CUNY) and Paravisini-Gebert (Caribbean literature and culture, Vassar Coll.) have joined forces to provide a scholarly introduction to the various Creole religions of the Caribbean. Common roots and comparative aspects are explored, and chapters on each religion cover historical origins, major rituals and deities, and their divination in current culture. Broad historical information on the Caribbean region is also given. Unique to such a study, this book uses extracts from novels, such as an account of the making of an Nganga from Leonardo Padura Fuentes's Adios Hemingway y La cola de la Serpiente, to illustrate some points. Extensive notes and a bibliography round out this fine text. Recommended for scholarly collections.-L. Kriz, West Des Moines P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814762578
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
07/11/2011
Series:
Religion, Race, and Ethnicity
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
1,163,945
File size:
6 MB

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