Crucial Issues in Caribbean Religions

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Peter Lang, 2006 - Religion - 265 pages
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Crucial Issues in Caribbean Religions concentrates on the effects of intersections in the Caribbean of major world religions such as Christianity (both Catholicism and Protestantism), Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism, with indigenous religions such as Caribs and Arawaks, and African-derived religions such as Lucumi (Yoruba/Santeria/Regla de Ocha), Regla de Palo, Vodun, Obeah, Rastafari, Orisa, or Shango in Trinidad. Closely examined are the social and economic problems and issues of exile, slavery, oppression, racism, sexism, ethnocentrism, cultural dominance, religious diversity, syncretism, popular religiosity, religious and spiritual imperialism, continuity and change, survival techniques in the face of attempts at eradication by religious powers, interreligious dialogue, and the quest for universal spirituality.
 

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Contents

Chapter One The Encounter of Religions in a New World
1
Chapter Two The Present Setting of Caribbean
25
Chapter Three Challenges of NonChristian Spirituality
41
Chapter Four Issues of ReligioSocial and Cultural Manifestations
55
Chapter Five Crucial Issues in Obeah and Rastafari
85
Chapter Six Crucial Issues in Haitian Vodou
105
Chapter Seven Crucial Issues in Cuban and Puerto Rican
123
Chapter Eight Crucial Issues in Jamaican Religions
151
A Comparative Vision
177
Santeria Ceremony in Tampa Florida
197
Orisha Practitioners and Interactions
203
Notes
221
Bibliography
249
Index
255
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The Author: Mozella G. Mitchell is Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa. She received her Ph.D. in literature and theology from Emory University, Atlanta. In addition to numerous articles in professional journals and edited collections, she is the author of New Africa in America: The Blending of African and American Religious and Social Traditions among Black People in Meridian, Mississippi and Surrounding Counties (Peter Lang, 1995), and editor of The Human Search: Howard Thurman and the Quest for Freedom (Peter Lang, 1992).

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