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Creole Religions of the Caribbean: An Introduction from Vodou and Santera to Obeah and Espiritismo (Religion, Race, and Ethnicity)

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"Creole Religions stands out as vastly superior to the theologically oriented introductory-level material available up to this point and should serve as an indispensible teaching tool in departments of anthropology, sociology, literary criticism and history of religions."

Journal of Religion

"Unique to such a study, this book uses extracts from novels . . . to illustrate some points. [A] fine text."

Library Journal

"The book provides a unique sociocultural, historical and political analysis of Caribbean religion."

— Centro Journal

"Bravo! A well-written text that de-mystifies Creole spiritual practices and places them in historical perspective is a major contribution to the twenty-first century. Over and above the accurate and detailed descriptions of the various spiritual practices of the Caribbean, the authors have clearly delineated the historic origin and connection of Creole practices to African religions, often indicating the specific regions of Africa from which they came. This volume provides an excellent overview of the history and culture of the Caribbean islands and is the first of its kind to present comprehensive, well-researched treatise of Obeah, Myalism, Quimbois, Espiritismo, Vodou, Santeria, Regla de Palo, and the Abukua Secret Society as well as the more recent traditions of Rastafarianism and Pocomania. This work is interesting and will leave the reader well informed about the Caribbean island's religions, practices, and culture, complete with present-day expressions in the Caribbean. It will be an important text for the study of the Caribbean, religion, ethnicity, race, and culture.

Multicultural Review

"Descriptive and comparative."

Choice

"Creole Religions of the Caribbean approaches readers as if they were out-of-town guests at a dinner party, thoroughly acquainting them with the topics of conversation and encouraging them to mingle among the liveliest characters."—The Journal of Religion

"This book provides valuable insider information that can assist Christians as they work and witness in the Spanish and English Caribbean or among the Caribbean Diaspora."—Missiology

"Offers an excellent...multidisciplinary introduction to the scholarship in this area of study."

New West Indian Guide

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, Santer&iacute;a, Regla de Palo, the Abaku&aacute; 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

Synopsis:

Much as we “select” computer settings by default—reflexively, without thinking, and sometimes without realizing there are other options&#8212;we often discriminate by default as well. And just as default computer settings tend to become locked in or entrenched as the standard, discrimination by default creates a situation in which disparate outcomes are expected, accepted, and taken for granted. The killing of Amadou Diallo, racial disparities in medical care, the dominance of Whites and men in certain professions, and even the uneven media attention paid to crimes depending on their victims race and class, all might be cases of discrimination by, or as, default.

Wang contends that, today, most discrimination occurs by default and not design, making legal prohibitions that focus on those who discriminate out of ill will inadequate to redress the largest share of modern discrimination. She draws on social psychology to detail three ways in which unconscious assumptions can lead to discrimination, showing how they play out in a range of everyday settings. Wang then demonstrates how these dynamics interact in medical care to produce an invisible, self-fulfilling, and self-perpetuating prophecy of racial disparity. She goes on to suggest ways in which institutions and individuals might recognize, interrupt, and override the discriminatory default.

Synopsis:

Creolization&#8212;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

About the Author

Margarite Fernndez Olmos is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Culture at Brooklyn College of The City University of New York.

Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert is Professor of Caribbean Cultural Studies at Vassar College. Among their many books, they have together co-edited Sacred Possessions: Vodou, Santera, Obeah, and the Caribbean and Healing Cultures: Art and Religion as Curative Practices in the Caribbean and its Diaspora.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780814727201
Subtitle:
An Introduction from Vodou and Santeria to Obeah and Espiritismo
Author:
Fernandez Olmos, Mar
Editor:
Fernandez Olmos, Margarite
Author:
Wang, Lu-In
Author:
Paravisini-Gebert, Lizabeth
Author:
Fernandez-Olmos, Margarite
Author:
Olmos, Margarite Fernandez
Author:
Murphy, Joseph M.
Author:
Fernandez Olmos, Margarite
Author:
Fernandez, Margarite
Publisher:
NYU Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Ethnic & Tribal
Subject:
Afro-Caribbean cults.
Subject:
Cults, Demonism, the Occult
Subject:
Cults
Subject:
CARIBBEAN AREA_RELIGION
Subject:
ETHNIC OR TRIBAL RELIGIONS_CARIBBEAN ISLANDS
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Subject:
Discrimination
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Religion, Race, and Ethnicity Ser.
Series Volume:
#02-07-029
Publication Date:
20030801
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
262
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Much as we “select” computer settings by default—reflexively, without thinking, and sometimes without realizing there are other options&#8212;we often discriminate by default as well. And just as default computer settings tend to become locked in or entrenched as the standard, discrimination by default creates a situation in which disparate outcomes are expected, accepted, and taken for granted. The killing of Amadou Diallo, racial disparities in medical care, the dominance of Whites and men in certain professions, and even the uneven media attention paid to crimes depending on their victims race and class, all might be cases of discrimination by, or as, default.

Wang contends that, today, most discrimination occurs by default and not design, making legal prohibitions that focus on those who discriminate out of ill will inadequate to redress the largest share of modern discrimination. She draws on social psychology to detail three ways in which unconscious assumptions can lead to discrimination, showing how they play out in a range of everyday settings. Wang then demonstrates how these dynamics interact in medical care to produce an invisible, self-fulfilling, and self-perpetuating prophecy of racial disparity. She goes on to suggest ways in which institutions and individuals might recognize, interrupt, and override the discriminatory default.

"Synopsis" by , Creolization&#8212;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

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