Afro-Caribbean Religions: An Introduction to Their Historical, Cultural, and Sacred Traditions

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9781439900413: Afro-Caribbean Religions: An Introduction to Their Historical, Cultural, and Sacred Traditions

Book by Murrell Nathaniel Samuel

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"The African-based religions of the New World have been much studied, for over a century now, but no single scholar has attempted a work as comprehensive as this. The word 'monumental' will probably be used to describe it. The book jacket says the work covers 'every African-derived religion of the Caribbean;' and it looks as well into the broad African roots of, and specific cultural influences upon many of them, and he cites all relevant scholarship...It is a vast and mostly successful undertaking, truly a monumental work, and it must be on the shelf of anyone interested in cultures of the Caribbean, from any disciplinary perspective." Anthropos "Afro-Caribbean Religions is an excellent book--richly informative, well researched and organized. Murrell explains complex religions in accessible language, and successfully informs the reader about the contents and histories of the religions that are so respectfully presented here. It is truly an enjoyable read, and one learns new things on virtually every page. I would expect Afro-Caribbean Religions to receive an enthusiastic reception among students and professors alike for many years to come" Dr. Terry Rey, Associate Professor and Chair of Religion at Temple University "[A]n extremely well-researched introduction to African-derived religions of the Caribbean. In an accessible, cohesive format, Murrell traces the complex development and adaptation of various African traditional religions within specific Caribbean national and transnational contexts... This book will be an invaluable resource to both students and specialists alike. Summing Up: Highly recommended." - Choice "Afro-Caribbean Religions is an in-depth and detailed examination of the religions that survived the journey from Africa." NACLA Report on the Americas, Spring 2012

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Religion is one of the most important elements of Afro-Caribbean culture linking its people to their African past. From Haitian Vodou and Cuban Santeria - popular religions that have often been demonized in popular culture - to Rastafari in Jamaica and Orisha-Shango of Trinidad and Tobago. In Afro-Caribbean Religions, Nathaniel Samuel Murrell provides a comprehensive study that respectfully traces the social, historical, and political contexts of these religions.And, because Brazil has the largest African population in the world outside of Africa, and has historic ties to the Caribbean, he includes a section on Candomble, Umbanda, Xango and Batique. This accessibly written introduction to Afro-Caribbean religions examines the cultural traditions and transformations of all of the African-derived religions of the Caribbean along with their cosmology, beliefs, cultic structures and ritual practices. Ideal for classroom use, Afro-Caribbean Religions also includes a glossary defining unfamiliar terms and identifying key figures.

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