Diaspora Conversions: Black Carib Religion and the Recovery of Africa / Edition 1

Diaspora Conversions: Black Carib Religion and the Recovery of Africa / Edition 1

by Paul Christopher Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520249690

ISBN-13: 9780520249691

Pub. Date: 09/03/2007

Publisher: University of California Press

By joining a diaspora, a society may begin to change its religious, ethnic, and even racial identifications by rethinking its "pasts." This pioneering multisite ethnography explores how this phenomenon is affecting the remarkable religion of the Garifuna from the Central American coast of the Caribbean. It is estimated that one-third of the Garifuna have migrated to…  See more details below

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By joining a diaspora, a society may begin to change its religious, ethnic, and even racial identifications by rethinking its "pasts." This pioneering multisite ethnography explores how this phenomenon is affecting the remarkable religion of the Garifuna from the Central American coast of the Caribbean. It is estimated that one-third of the Garifuna have migrated to New York City over the past fifty years. Paul Christopher Johnson compares Garifuna spirit possession rituals performed in Honduran villages with those conducted in New York, and what emerges is a compelling picture of how the Garifuna engage ancestral spirits across multiple diasporic horizons. His study sheds new light on the ways diasporic religions around the world creatively plot itineraries of spatial memory that at once recover and remold their histories.

About the Author:
Paul Christopher Johnson is Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520249691
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/03/2007
Pages:
343
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
What Is Diasporic Religion?     30
"These Sons of Freedom": Black Caribs Licross Three Diasporic Horizons     60
Shamans at Work in the Villages     99
Shamans at Work in New York     125
Ritual in the Homeland; Or, Making the Land "Home" in Ritual     146
Ritual in the Bronx     186
Finding Africa in New York     205
Conclusion     227
Trajectory of a Moving Object, the Caldero     247
Notes     251
Glossary     287
Bibliography     291
Index     319

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