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Creole Religions of the Caribbean

An Introduction from Vodou and Santeria to Obeah and Espiritismo

Creole Religions of the Caribbean by Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert
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Creolization—the coming together of diverse beliefs and practices to form new beliefs and practices-is 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, Santería, Regla de Palo, the Abakuá Secret Society, and Obeah to Quimbois and Espiritismo, the volume traces the historical-cultural origins of the major Creole religions, as well as the newer traditions such as Pocomania and Rastafarianism.

Chapters devoted to specific traditions trace their history, their pantheons and major rituals, and their current-day expressions in the Caribbean and in the diaspora. The volume also provides a general historical background of the Caribbean region.

Creole Religions of the Caribbean is the first text to provide a study of the Creole religions of the Caribbean and will be an indispensable guide to the development of these rich religious traditions and practices.

With 23 black and white illustrations

NYU Press; July 2011
262 pages; ISBN 9780814762578
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Title: Creole Religions of the Caribbean
Author: Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert; Margarite Fernandez Olmos; Joseph M. Murphy
 
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1479842117
9780814762288
9780814762578
9781479842117