Three Eyes for the Journey: African Dimensions of the Jamaican Religious Experience

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Oxford University Press, Jul 7, 2005 - Religion - 368 pages
Studies of African-derived religious traditions have generally focused on their retention of African elements. This emphasis, says Dianne Stewart, slights the ways in which communities in the African diaspora have created and formed new religious meaning. In this fieldwork-based study Stewart shows that African people have been agents of their own religious, ritual, and theological formation. She examines the African-derived and African-centered traditions in historical and contemporary Jamaica: Myal, Obeah, Native Baptist, Revival/Zion, Kumina, and Rastafari, and draws on them to forge a new womanist liberation theology for the Caribbean.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Four Centuries of Encounter and Transition
15
European Attitudes toward Africanness in Jamaica
69
Trajectories of AfricanJamaican Religiosity
91
The Legacy of AfricanDerived Religions in Jamaica
139
Toward a Caribbean Theology of Collective Memory
189
Notes
243
Bibliography
295
Index
311
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