Creole Religions of the Caribbean

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-07-11
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr

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Creolizationthe coming together of diverse beliefs and practices to form new beliefs and practicesis one of the most significant phenomena in Caribbean religious history. Brought together in the crucible of the sugar plantation, Caribbean peoples drew on the variants of Christianity brought by European colonizers, as well as on African religious and healing traditions and the remnants of Amerindian practices, to fashion new systems of belief. Creole Religions of the Caribbeanoffers a comprehensive introduction to the syncretic religions that have developed in the region. From Vodou, Santer#xED;a, Regla de Palo, the Abaku#xE1; Secret Society, and Obeah to Quimbois and Espiritismo, the volume traces the historicalcultural origins of the major Creole religions, as well as the newer traditions such as Pocomania and Rastafarianism. This second edition updates the scholarship on the religions themselves and also expands the regional considerations of the Diaspora to the U. S. Latino community who are influenced by Creole spiritual practices. Fern#xE1;ndez Olmos and ParavisiniGebert also take into account the increased significance of material cultureart, music, literatureand healing practices influenced by Creole religions. In the Religion, Race, and Ethnicity series

Author Biography

Margarite Fernndez Olmos is a professor of Spanish and Latin American literatures at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert is a professor in the department of Hispanic studies on the Randolph Distinguished Professor Chair and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Vassar College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Preface to the First Editionp. ix
Preface to the Second Editionp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Historical Backgroundp. 20
The Orisha Tradition in Cuba: Santeria/Regla de Ochap. 33
The Afro-Cuban Religious Traditions of Regla de Palo and the Abakua Secret Societyp. 88
Haitian Vodoup. 116
Obeah, Myal, and Quimboisp. 155
Rastafarianismp. 183
Espiritismo: Creole Spiritism in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the United Statesp. 203
Glossaryp. 251
Notesp. 259
Works Citedp. 279
Indexp. 295
About the Authorsp. 309
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