Shrines of the Slave Trade: Diola Religion and Society in Precolonial Senegambia

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In this groundbreaking work, Robert Baum seeks to reconstruct the religious and social history of the Diola communities in southern Senegal during the precolonial era, when the Atlantic slave trade was at its height. Baum shows that Diola community leaders used a complex of religious shrines and priesthoods to regulate and contain the influence of the slave trade. He demonstrates how this close involvement with the traders significantly changed Diola religious life.

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Overview

In this groundbreaking work, Robert Baum seeks to reconstruct the religious and social history of the Diola communities in southern Senegal during the precolonial era, when the Atlantic slave trade was at its height. Baum shows that Diola community leaders used a complex of religious shrines and priesthoods to regulate and contain the influence of the slave trade. He demonstrates how this close involvement with the traders significantly changed Diola religious life.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780195123920
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

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Introduction 3
1 The Historical Study of African Traditional Religions 8
2 Encountering Esulalu: An Introduction 24
I The Organization of Daily Life 25
II Diola Religion and Social Values 34
3 The Origins of the Diola-Esulalu 62
4 Koonjaen, Floup, and the Forging of a Diola-Esulalu Religious Tradition in the Eighteenth Century 85
5 Slaves, Trade, and Religious Change in Eighteenth-Century Esulalu 108
6 Strangers within Their Borders: Esulalu Religion in the Era of French Expansion, 1800-1880 130
7 The Elaboration of Tradition: Esulalu Religion, 1800-1880 154
8 Conclusion 173
Appendix Chronology in Diola-Esulalu Oral Traditions 185
Notes 191
Glossary 251
Bibliography 257
Index 283
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