Encyclopedia of African and African-American Religions / Edition 1

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This important new reference covers African and African-American religion in sub-Saharan Africa, North America, South America, and the Caribbean, and provides vital insights into its growing worldwide influence in Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. Entries encompass individuals, concepts, specific religions, religious movements and churches, and include: Akan, Aladura, Azusa Street Mission, Black theology, candomble, Dominican vodun, the Harrist movement, Jamaa, Macumba, Mission des Noirs, Mt. Sinai Holy Church, Nuer, Pentecostalism, Pocomania, Santería, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Unification Church, Yoruba, and many more. Photos, illustrations, and source material round out the package.

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Editorial Reviews

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Booklist/RBB Editor's Choice 2001

'A good starting point for understanding the complex interrelationships among African, African American, and European religious beliefs, practices, and traditions in a global context. Recommended for all libraries.' – Library Journal

Library Journal
This work differs from the Encyclopedia of African-American Religions (Garland, 1993) in its international emphasis, its orientation toward anthropological and ethnographic methodologies, its inclusion of pictures and maps, and the currency of its entries and bibliographies. Glazier (anthropology, Univ. of Nebraska, Kearney) claims to have made a conscious effort not to duplicate information already available in the many recent reference books published on Africa and African Americans. As indicated by the title, this work includes the religions of Africa and the African diaspora in North America, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. More than half of the contributors, who hail from 13 countries, including Jamaica, Mexico, Venezuela, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Austria, the Netherlands, and Canada, were trained in anthropology. The 145 entries are of greater length than the 1200 entries of the Encyclopedia of African-American Religions and include topics such as "Big Drum Dance of Carriacou," "Mother Earth and the Earth People," and "African and African-Derived Religions in Cyberspace." The Encyclopedia of African-American Religions is best for biographical profiles of African American religious leaders, while this encyclopedia is a good starting point for understanding the complex interrelationships among African, African American, and European religious beliefs, practices, and traditions in a global context. Recommended for all libraries.--Marc Meola, Coll. of New Jersey, Ewing Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
An A-to-Z encyclopedia containing some 150 entries discussing the religious movements and churches of Sub-Saharan Africa, including major indigenous religious such as those of the Zulu, Yoruba, Akan, and Nuer peoples; North America, including black churches within mainstream religions, African-American religions and churches, and associated institutions such as the Rainbow Coalition; and South America and the Caribbean, including major religions such as Rastafari, Santer<'i>a, and Vodou and the more localized Umbanda and Tambor de Mina. Also surveys African-derived religions in a number of other nations. Coverage includes the growing world-wide influence of African and African-American religions; general topics, practices, beliefs, and institutions such as music, material culture, deities, healing, slave religion, theology, and religious-based political movements. Entries are written by anthropologists, historians, religious scholars, sociologists, and others and include sometimes fuzzy but well-chosen b&w images. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415922456
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Religion and Society Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen D. Glazier is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nebraska and vice-chair of the religion section of the American Anthropological Association.

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