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

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Temple University Press, Jan 25, 2010 - History - 432 pages
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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. In Afro-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, Murrell 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 Religions also includes a glossary defining unfamiliar terms and identifying key figures.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Historical Roots of AfroCaribbean Religions
11
Haitian Religion
55
Cuban Religion of the Orisha and Drums
93
Part IV Creole Religions of the Southern Caribbean
157
Culture of Resistance and Rhythms
223
Conclusion
321
Notes
325
Glossary
383
Selected Bibliography
395
Index
415
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Nathaniel Samuel Murrell is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the co-editor of Chanting Down Babylon: The Rastafari Reader (Temple).

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