Afro-Caribbean Religions An Introduction to Their Historical, Cultural, and Sacred Traditions

ISBN-10: 1439900418

ISBN-13: 9781439900413

Edition: 2009

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Description: Religion is one of the most important elements of Afro-Caribbean culture linking its people to their African past. From Haitian Vodou and Cuban Santeria-popular religions that have often been demonized in popular culture-to Rastafari in Jamaica and Orisha-Shango of Trinidad and Tobago. InAfro-Caribbean Religions, Nathaniel Samuel Murrell provides a comprehensive study that respectfully traces the social, historical, and political contexts of these religions.And, because Brazil has the largest African population in the world outside of Africa, and has historic ties to the Caribbean, he includes a section on Candomble, Umbanda, Xango and Batique. This accessibly written introduction to Afro-Caribbean religions examines the cultural traditions and transformations of all of the African-derived religions of the Caribbean along with their cosmology, beliefs, cultic structures and ritual practices. Ideal for classroom use,Afro-Caribbean Religionsalso includes a glossary defining unfamiliar terms and identifying key figures.

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List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 11/21/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
African Connections: Historical Roots of Afro-Caribbean Religions
Yoruba, Fon-Ewe, Ashanti, and Kongo Cultural History
African Cultus and Functionaries
Vodou: Haitian Religion
Vodou and the Haitians' Struggle
Serving the Lwa
Santeria and Palo Monte: Cuban Religion of the Orisha and Drums
Caribbean Santeria
Energy of the Ashe Community and Cultus
Palo Monte Mayombe
Creole Religions of the Southern Caribbean
Dancing to Orixas' Axe in Candomble
Umbanda and Its Antecedents
Orisha Powers: Creole Religion in Trinidad and Tobago
Jamaica's Creole Religions: Culture of Resistance and Rhythms
Obeah: Magical Art of Resistance
Myal and Kumina in Jamaica's Past
Poco, Zion, and Convince
The Rastafari Chant
Conclusion
Notes
Glossary
Selected Bibliography
Index
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