Creole Religions of the Caribbean, Third Edition
Religion, Race, and Ethnicity
Published by: NYU Press
384 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm, 27 b/w illustrations
- ISBN: 9781479803484
- Published: August 2022
An updated introduction to the religions developed in the Caribbean region
Creole Religions of the Caribbean offers a comprehensive introduction to the overlapping religions that have developed as a result of the creolization process. 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. 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 Rastafari.
This third edition updates the scholarship by featuring new critical approaches that have been brought to bear on the study of religion, such as queer studies, environmental studies, and diasporic studies. The third edition also expands the regional considerations of the diaspora to the US Latinx communities that are influenced by Creole spiritual practices, taking into account the increased significance of material culture?art, music, literature, and healing practices influenced by Creole religions.
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
Bravo! A well-written text that de-mystifies Creole spiritual practices and places them in historical perspective . . . a major contribution. ~Multicultural Review
Provides a unique sociocultural, historical and political analysis of Caribbean religion. ~Centro Journal
Offers an excellent . . . multidisciplinary introduction to the scholarship in this area of study. ~New West Indian Guide