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Creole Religions of the Caribbean: An Introduction from Vodou and Santeria to Obeah and Espiritismo

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Creole Religions of the Caribbean: An Introduction from Vodou and Santeria to Obeah and Espiritismo by Olmos, Margarite Fernandez; Paravisini-Gebert, Lizabeth; Murphy, Joseph M., 9780814762288
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  • ISBN: 9780814762288 | 081476228X
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/11/2011
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Creolizationthe coming together of diverse beliefs and practices to form new beliefs and practicesis 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 Caribbeanoffers a comprehensive introduction to the syncretic religions that have developed in the region. From Vodou, Santer#xED;a, Regla de Palo, the Abaku#xE1; Secret Society, and Obeah to Quimbois and Espiritismo, the volume traces the historicalcultural origins of the major Creole religions, as well as the newer traditions such as Pocomania and Rastafarianism. This second edition updates the scholarship on the religions themselves and also expands the regional considerations of the Diaspora to the U. S. Latino community who are influenced by Creole spiritual practices. Fern#xE1;ndez Olmos and ParavisiniGebert also take into account the increased significance of material cultureart, music, literatureand healing practices influenced by Creole religions. In the Religion, Race, and Ethnicity series

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