Creole Religions of the Caribbean: An Introduction from Vodou and Santeria to Obeah and Espiritismo, Second Edition / Edition 2

Creole Religions of the Caribbean: An Introduction from Vodou and Santeria to Obeah and Espiritismo, Second Edition / Edition 2

by Margarite Fernandez Olmos, Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, Joseph M. Murphy
     
 

ISBN-10: 081476228X

ISBN-13: 9780814762288

Pub. Date: 07/11/2011

Publisher: New York University Press

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, Santeria, Regla de Palo, the Abakua 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. This second edition updates the scholarship on the religions themselves and also expands the regional considerations of the Diaspora to the U. S. Latino community who are influenced by Creole spiritual practices. Fernandez Olmos and Paravisini–Gebert also take into account the increased significance of material culture—art, music, literature—and healing practices influenced by Creole religions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814762288
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
07/11/2011
Series:
Religion, Race, and Ethnicity Series
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
516,640
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface to the First Edition ix

Preface to the Second Edition xi

Foreword Joseph M. Murphy Georgetown University xiii

Introduction 1

1 Historical Background 20

2 The Orisha Tradition in Cuba: Santeria/Regla de Ocha 33

3 The Afro-Cuban Religious Traditions of Regla de Palo and the Abakua Secret Society 88

4 Haitian Vodou 116

5 Obeah, Myal, and Quimbois 155

6 Rastafarianism 183

7 Espiritismo: Creole Spiritism in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the United States 203

Glossary 251

Notes 259

Works Cited 279

Index 295

About the Authors 309

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