Diaspora Conversions Black Carib Religion and the Recovery of Africa

ISBN-10: 0520249704
ISBN-13: 9780520249707
Edition: 2007
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/3/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 343
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

By joining a diaspora, a society may begin to change its religious, ethnic, and even racial identifications by rethinking its "pasts." This pioneering, multi-site ethnography explores how this phenomenon is affecting the remarkable religion of the Garifuna, historically known as the Black Caribs, of the Central American coast of the Caribbean. It is estimated that one-third of the Garifuna, an ethnic group of mixed African and Amerindian geneology, have migrated to New York City over the past fifty years. Paul Christopher Johnson compares Garifuna spirit possession rituals performed in Honduran villages with those conducted in New York, and what emerges is a compelling picture of how the Garifuna engage ancestral spirits across multiple diasporic horizons. What Johnson also finds is that Garifuna emigrants to New York have begun to reevaluate notions of their past, coming to view themselves as members of the African Diaspora in ways that homeland villagers have not. These emigrants have begun carrying this new identity back to their homeland, creating conflicts between competing visions of authentic and traditional ritual practice. In addition to introducing a unique and little-studied culture, this theoretically rich study sheds new light on the ways diasporic religions around the world creatively plot itineraries of spatial memory that at once recover and remold their histories.

Paul Christopher Johnson is professor of history and Afroamerican and African studies and director of the Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the author of Secrets, Gossip, and Gods: The Transformation of Brazilian Candombl�  and Diaspora Conversions: Black Carib Religion and the Recovery of Africa.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
What Is Diasporic Religion?
"These Sons of Freedom": Black Caribs Licross Three Diasporic Horizons
Shamans at Work in the Villages
Shamans at Work in New York
Ritual in the Homeland; Or, Making the Land "Home" in Ritual
Ritual in the Bronx
Finding Africa in New York
Conclusion
Trajectory of a Moving Object, the Caldero
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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