Creole Religions of the Caribbean: An Introduction from Vodou and Santería to Obeah and Espiritismo

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NYU Press, 2011 - Religion - 309 pages
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CreolizationOCothe coming together of diverse beliefs and practices to form new beliefs and practicesOCois 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 Caribbean offers a comprehensive introduction to the syncretic religions that have developed in the region. From Vodou, Santer a, Regla de Palo, the Abakui Secret Society, and Obeah to Quimbois and Espiritismo, the volume traces the historicalOCocultural 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. Fernindez Olmos and ParavisiniOCoGebert also take into account the increased significance of material cultureOCoart, music, literatureOCoand healing practices influenced by Creole religions. In the Religion, Race, and Ethnicity series"

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Creolization, or combining various beliefs and practices to form new ones, is a phenomenon in Caribbean religious history. Caribbean peoples drew on the Christianity brought by European colonizers ... Read full review


1 Historical Background
SanteríaRegla de Ocha
3 The AfroCuban Religious Traditions of Regla de Palo and the Abakuá Secret Society
4 Haitian Vodou
5 Obeah Myal and Quimbois
6 Rastafarianism
Creole Spiritism in Cuba Puerto Rico and the United States
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Margarite Fernández Olmosis a professor of Spanish and Latin American literatures at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. She is the author/coeditor of many books, includingThe Latino Reader: An American Literary Tradition from 1542 to the Present.

Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebertis a professor in the department of Hispanic studies on the Randolph Distinguished Professor Chair and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Vassar College. She is the author of a number of books and is coeditor with Fernández Olmos ofHealing Cultures: Art and Religion as Curative Practices in the Caribbean and its Diaspora.

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