Peasants and Religion: A Socioeconomic Study of Dios Olivorio and the Palma Sola Religion in the Dominican Republic

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Routledge, Oct 2, 2012 - Business & Economics - 800 pages
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This book examines the relationship between economics, politics and religion through the case of Olivorio Mateo and the religious movement he inspired from 1908 in the Dominican Republic. The authors explore how and why the new religion was formed, and why it was so successful. Comparing this case with other peasant movements, they show ways in which folk religion serves as a response to particular problems which arise in peasant societies during times of stress.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
the life and death of a peasant god 190822
33
the survival of Olivorismo 192261
123
the revival of Olivorismo 196162
171
Olivorista lore
255
Popular religion in the Dominican Republic
317
The religion of the conquistadores
333
an AfroEuropan fusion
339
War and occupation 4 75
475
economic change politics and Palma Sola
493
irrigation and colonization
499
The San Juan Valley under Trujillo
511
The section ofCarrera de Yeguas at the beginning of the 1960s
520
National politics and Palma Sola
533
official religion and ideology
560
The Dominican church and the Spanish crown
566

Other expressions of popular religion in the Dominican Republic
353
Rural prophets in the Dominican Republic
377
The San Juan Valley
384
the early years
390
In the doldrums
398
The creation of a trade pattern
404
the rise of the terrenos comuneros
417
the rise of a peasantry
425
The late nineteenth century
431
Property rights in land
437
Changes in the Southwest
447
The border problem
453
Surveying the land
460
the crisis ocaudillismo
469
The black menacefrom the west
572
El Jefe and his crusade against voodoo
580
The Catholic church and its Benefactor
586
The changing attitude of the church
595
Olivorismo
603
The illiterate message
620
Prophet messiah or god?
630
The taxonomy problem
651
La Maguana and Palma Sola as hierophany
657
Conclusions 579
670
Epilogue 196390
688
References 72
724
Index
759
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