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New Trends and Developments in African Religions
     

New Trends and Developments in African Religions

by Peter Clarke
 

African religions, as well as those religions that derive much of their cosmology, beliefs, and rituals from African religions, are becoming more international in scope and appeal. Yet they continue to be viewed either as indiscriminately adaptable or as static traditions. Neither view suggests much spiritual or psychological value outside their original milieu

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African religions, as well as those religions that derive much of their cosmology, beliefs, and rituals from African religions, are becoming more international in scope and appeal. Yet they continue to be viewed either as indiscriminately adaptable or as static traditions. Neither view suggests much spiritual or psychological value outside their original milieu when compared with the so-called world religions.

The chapters in this volume focus on African and African-derived religions, and challenge many of these positions. They examine how these religions display themselves in the contemporary world, particularly in the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe. These religions' continued dynamism and their relationship with other religious traditions, especially through the process of syncretism, are also explored. This multidisciplinary collection makes a major contribution not only to a better understanding of African and African-derived religions, but it also contributes to the wider and ongoing debate on syncretism that continues to engage those in anthropology, history, and sociology of religion.

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Comprises 17 contributions on African and African-derived religions and how they display themselves in the contemporary world, particularly the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe. The focus of many of the contributions is the continued dynamism of these religions and their relationship with other religious traditions, often labeled as syncretism. Representative topics include non-African spiritual entities in Afro-Brazilian religion and Afro-Amerindian syncretism; a psycho-cultural investigation of the meaning-making system of an African-Brazilian Macumba community in Salvador, Brazil; contested rituals of the African diaspora; religion, patriarchy, and the status of Rastafarian women; the African diaspora in the Netherlands; and the exorcistic- therapeutic cult of Emmanuel Milingo. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313301285
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/1998
Series:
Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies: Contemporary Black Poets Series
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.23(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.19(d)
Lexile:
1460L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

PETER B. CLARKE is Professor of History and Sociology of Religion at King's College at the University of London. He is the founding and present editor of the Journal of Contemporary Religion and has written and edited several books on African history and religions.

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