African Beliefs in the New World: Popular Literary Traditions of the Caribbean

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Africa World Press, 2000 - Religion - 316 pages
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Like a kaleidoscope, the Caribbean world displays the vibrant colors of its diversity. Ethnic groups from four continents brought their customs and beliefs to this New World. The sheer number of African people brought to the Caribbean islands perpetuated through their spiritual vitality, the central role played by traditional religions in African life. Though they hadn't brought along the material support of their worship, they had buried in their memory other essential supports: memories of gods, of myths, rites, rhythms, tales, legends, proverbs, songs, dances, sculptures, all the fundamental vectors of their religious thought. Through a process of secularization, continuity, adaptation, creation, syncretism and synthesis, these elements helped vitalize the artistic, profane and sacred domains of Caribbean cultures.
 

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Contents

Transference of African
1
Physical and Spiritual Transfer
37
African Legacy in the Caribbean
83
Presence of the Sacred
125
Survival of Divine Semi Divine
133
Tales Related to Rites of Passage
167
Oral Tradition of the Francophone
197
Integration of Oral Tradition
207
Rituals Secular Forms and Writing
239
Caribbean Cultural Unity
273
Conclusion
287
Bibliography
295
Index
313
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