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Three Eyes for the Journey: African Dimensions of the Jamaican Religious Experience

Dianne M. Stewart

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195154153
eISBN:
9780199835713
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195154150.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Studies of African-derived religious traditions have generally focused on their retention of African elements. This emphasis slights the ways in which communities in the African diaspora have created ... More


Libation: Four Centuries of Encounter and Transition

Dianne M. Stewart

in Three Eyes for the Journey: African Dimensions of the Jamaican Religious Experience

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195154153
eISBN:
9780199835713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195154150.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter explores the encounter between Europeans and Africans during four centuries of European expansion (1492-1838), looking at the historical legacy of African-derived religions in Jamaica ... More


Incantation: European Attitudes toward Africanness in Jamaica

Dianne M. Stewart

in Three Eyes for the Journey: African Dimensions of the Jamaican Religious Experience

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195154153
eISBN:
9780199835713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195154150.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter analyzes European cultural attitudes toward African people and African religions, especially during the 18th and 19th centuries. It assesses in greater depth the standard European ... More


The Freedom of Speech: Talk and Slavery in the Anglo-Caribbean World

Miles Ogborn

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226655925
eISBN:
9780226657714
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226657714.001.0001
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

This book asks what the act of talking meant in a society based on racialized slavery? The answer involves understanding the power of speech as central to eighteenth-century Europeans’ definitions of ... More


Experiments with Power: Obeah and the Remaking of Religion in Trinidad

J. Brent Crosson

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780226700649
eISBN:
9780226705514
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226705514.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

From eighteenth-century slave rebellions to contemporary responses to police brutality, Caribbean methods of problem-solving “spiritual work” have been criminalized under the label “obeah.” Connected ... More


On Our Bare Word: Oath Taking, Evidence Giving, and the Law

Miles Ogborn

in The Freedom of Speech: Talk and Slavery in the Anglo-Caribbean World

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226655925
eISBN:
9780226657714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226657714.003.0002
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

This chapter examines the forms of speech at work in the law. Using evidence from the laws of Barbados and Jamaica, it considers oath-taking and evidence-giving as particular forms of speech which ... More


They Must Be Talked to One to One: Speaking with the Spirits

Miles Ogborn

in The Freedom of Speech: Talk and Slavery in the Anglo-Caribbean World

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226655925
eISBN:
9780226657714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226657714.003.0005
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

This chapter examines forms of speech involved in talking to spirits of all sorts within Caribbean slavery. It argues that communication with other-worldly interlocutors was of crucial importance, ... More


“Borrow a Day from God”: Navigating the Boundaries of Race and Religion in Rediasporization

Gillian Richards-Greaves

in Rediasporization: African-Guyanese Kweh-Kweh

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781496831156
eISBN:
9781496831200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496831156.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter examines the ways that religious doctrines, particularly those pertaining to “good” and “evil,” shape African-Guyanese perspectives on Blackness and their engagement with Come to My ... More


What Obeah Does Do: Religion, Violence, and Law

J. Brent Crosson

in Experiments with Power: Obeah and the Remaking of Religion in Trinidad

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780226700649
eISBN:
9780226705514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226705514.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter looks at how obeah can transform commonsense conceptions of the relationship between religion and violence. It focuses on the role of obeah in protests against police brutality following ... More


Experiments with Justice: On Turning in the Grave

J. Brent Crosson

in Experiments with Power: Obeah and the Remaking of Religion in Trinidad

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780226700649
eISBN:
9780226705514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226705514.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter focuses on spiritual workers’ practices of turning persons and practices around, over, or inside out to produce a radical change in a particular state of affairs. It argues that these ... More


Electrical Ethics: On Turning the Other Cheek

J. Brent Crosson

in Experiments with Power: Obeah and the Remaking of Religion in Trinidad

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780226700649
eISBN:
9780226705514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226705514.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter explores the "electrical ethics" of spiritual workers to make a turn away from certain tendencies in conceptions of religion and ethics. The notion that religion is a realm of duty ... More


Blood Lines: Race, Sacrifice, and the Making of Religion

J. Brent Crosson

in Experiments with Power: Obeah and the Remaking of Religion in Trinidad

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780226700649
eISBN:
9780226705514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226705514.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

The condemnation of “animal sacrifice” continues to undergird religious intolerance across the globe. Why have fervent meat-eaters been so concerned about a relatively small number of animals killed ... More


A Tongue Between Nations: Spiritual Work, Secularism, and the Art of Crossover

J. Brent Crosson

in Experiments with Power: Obeah and the Remaking of Religion in Trinidad

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780226700649
eISBN:
9780226705514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226705514.003.0011
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

In the anglophone Caribbean, obeah remains a potent boundary category, defining streams of respectable Hinduism or Christianity by being excluded from their flow. Yet these negative denials of obeah ... More


High Science

J. Brent Crosson

in Experiments with Power: Obeah and the Remaking of Religion in Trinidad

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780226700649
eISBN:
9780226705514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226705514.003.0013
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

In this chapter, the long-standing equation of obeah and science in the anglophone Caribbean reframes the story of modernity. The chapter shows how regnant ideas of both science and religion promise ... More


Epilogue: The Ends of Tolerance

J. Brent Crosson

in Experiments with Power: Obeah and the Remaking of Religion in Trinidad

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780226700649
eISBN:
9780226705514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226705514.003.0014
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

The epilogue details recent cases of intolerance against obeah in the Caribbean and beyond to argue that modern ideas of religious tolerance have inherent limits. I trace ideas of religious tolerance ... More


Standardizing Sanatana Dharma

Alexander Rocklin

in The Regulation of Religion and the Making of Hinduism in Colonial Trinidad

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781469648712
eISBN:
9781469648736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469648712.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter looks at the politics of recognition and "orthodox" Hindu identity, focusing on the competition between two Sanatanist Hindu organizations, the Sanatan Dharma Association and the Sanatan ... More


Black Church Experience South of the Border

Noel Leo Erskine

in Plantation Church: How African American Religion Was Born in Caribbean Slavery

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780195369144
eISBN:
9780199358267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369144.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Of the twelve million Africans who survived the Middle Passage and were forced to work on plantations in the New World, only about 450,000 arrived in the United States. The rest went to places south ... More


Desegregating Broadway: On the Town and Race

Carol J. Oja

in Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199862092
eISBN:
9780199379989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862092.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American, Dance

The cast of the original production of On the Town included six African Americans (four dancers and two singers). This chapter uses On the Town as a lens to explore the struggle for racial equality ... More


Cycles: Atlantic Slavery and Pacific Botany in William Earle’s OBI

Michelle Burnham

in Transoceanic America: Risk, Writing, and Revolution in the Global Pacific

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780198840893
eISBN:
9780191876516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840893.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter situates William Earle’s 1800 novel Obi within a network of texts—including histories, natural histories, poems, and travel narratives—that surface the novel’s engagement with the ... More


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