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Diaspora Conversions: Black Carib Religion and the Recovery of Africa

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By joining a diaspora, a society may begin to change its religious, ethnic, and even racial identifications by rethinking its "pasts." This pioneering multisite ethnography explores how this phenomenon is affecting the remarkable religion of the Garifuna, historically known as the Black Caribs, from the Central American coast of the Caribbean. It is estimated that one-third of the Garifuna have migrated to New York City over the past fifty years. Paul Christopher Johnson compares Garifuna spirit possession rituals performed in Honduran villages with those conducted in New York, and what emerges is a compelling picture of how the Garifuna engage ancestral spirits across multiple diasporic horizons. His study sheds new light on the ways diasporic religions around the world creatively plot itineraries of spatial memory that at once recover and remold their histories.

Table of Contents

Introduction — What is diasporic religion? — "These sons of freedom" : Back Caribs across three diasporic horizons — Shamans at work in the villages — Shamans at work in New York — Ritual in the homeland; or, making the land "home" in ritual — Ritual in the Bronx — Finding Africa in New York — Conclusion — Appendix: Trajectory of a moving object, the caldero.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520940215
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Social Science : Ethnic Studies - African American Studies -
Creator:
Paul Christopher Johnson
Author:
Johnson, Paul Christopher
Author:
Paul Christopher Johnson
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Ethnic identity
Subject:
Garifuna (Caribbean people) - Honduras -
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Subject:
Religion Miscellaneous-African Religions
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Religion : Comparative Religion
Publication Date:
August 2007
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
343

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History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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