Fragments of Bone Neo-African Religions in a New World

ISBN-10: 0252072057

ISBN-13: 9780252072055

Edition: 2004

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The bones of Pierre Toussaint, the first proposed African-American Catholic saint, were disinterred and spread around in the New World. In his introduction, Patrick Bellegarde-Smith suggests the same is true of the religious practices that peoples of African descent and victims of the Atlantic slave trade brought with them. Fragments of Bone examines the evolution of these religions as they have been adapted and re-contextualized in various New World environments. The essays in Fragments of Bone discuss African religions as forms of resistance and survival in the face of Western cultural hegemony and imperialism. The collection is unique in presenting the voices of scholars primarily outside of the Western tradition, speaking on the issues they, as practitioners, regard as important. Bellegarde-Smith, himself a priest in the Haitian Vodou religion, brings together thirteen contributors from different disciplines, genders, and nationalities. The authors address the creolized African religions beginning with their evolution from Nigeria and Benin to New Orleans, Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, and Guyana. The more familiar neo-African religions of Vodou and Santeria are also discussed, as are the less well-known religious practices of Kongo-Angolan martial arts, Candomble, Lukumi, and Palomonte.Fragments of Bone draws on an impressive range of sources including research, fieldwork, personal interviews, and spiritual introspection. Examining the theology, cosmology, rituals and their sociopolitical contexts, the authors demonstrate that the African ethos behind these religions remains true to the original theological beliefs of the ancestral practices. Bellegarde-Smith's provocative thesis claims that fragments of the ancestral traditions are fluidly interwoven in the New World African religions as creolized rituals, symbolic systems, and cultural identities. Today, African diasporic religions have become embedded in key social and political institutions.Fragments of Bone is an indispensable resource for scholars of the African and Afro-Caribbean diaspora, or anyone interested in religion, anthropology or African-American studies.
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 6/22/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

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Out of Africa? Umbanda and the "Ordering" of the Modern Brazilian Space
The Spirit of the Thing: Religious Thought and Social/Historical Memory
Deadly Dances: The Spiritual Dimensions of Kongo-Angolan Martial Art Traditions in the New World
Dancing to the Beat of Babalu Aye: Santeria and Cuban Popular Culture
Axe: Invocation of Candomble and Afro-Brazilian Gods in Brazilian Cultural Production
Out of the Same Bowl: Religious Beliefs and Practices in Akan Communities in Ghana and Jamaica
Rainbow's Children: Diversity of Gender and Sexuality in African-Diasporic Spiritual Traditions
Let the Power Flow: Ebo as a Healing Mechanism in Lukumi Orisha Worship
Defiant African Sisterhoods: The Voodoo Arrests of the 1850s and 1860s in New Orleans
Guyana Comfa and Cultural Identity
Homage to Eva Fernandez Bravo, Espiritista Cruzado
Selected Bibliography
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