Three Eyes for the Journey: African Dimensions of the Jamaican Religious Experience

Three Eyes for the Journey: African Dimensions of the Jamaican Religious Experience

by Dianne M. Stewart
     
 

Studies of African-derived religious traditions have generally focused on their retention of African elements. This emphasis, says Dianne Stewart, slights the ways in which communities in the African diaspora have created and formed new religious meaning. In this fieldwork-based study Stewart shows that African people have been agents of their own religious, ritual

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Studies of African-derived religious traditions have generally focused on their retention of African elements. This emphasis, says Dianne Stewart, slights the ways in which communities in the African diaspora have created and formed new religious meaning. In this fieldwork-based study Stewart shows that African people have been agents of their own religious, ritual, and theological formation. She examines the African-derived and African-centered traditions in historical and contemporary Jamaica: Myal, Obeah, Native Baptist, Revival/Zion, Kumina, and Rastafari, and draws on them to forge a new womanist liberation theology for the Caribbean.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195175578
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/07/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Divination : introduction3
1Libation : four centuries of encounter and transition15
2Incantation : European attitudes toward Africanness in Jamaica69
3Offering : trajectories of African-Jamaican religiosity91
4Visitation : the legacy of African-derived religions in Jamaica139
5Communion : toward a Caribbean theology of collective memory189

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