Diaspora Conversions: Black Carib Religion and the Recovery of Africa
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Diaspora Conversions: Black Carib Religion and the Recovery of Africa

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ISBN-13:
9780520249707
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.09.2007
Seiten:
330
Autor:
Paul Christopher Johnson
Gewicht:
454 g
Format:
226x169x21 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction 1. What Is Diasporic Religion? 2. These Sons of Freedom": Black Caribs across Three Diasporic Horizons 3. Shamans at Work in the Villages 4. Shamans at Work in New York 5. Ritual in the Homeland; Or, Making the Land Home" in Ritual 6. Ritual in the Bronx 7. Finding Africa in New York Conclusion Appendix. Trajectory of a Moving Object, the Caldero Notes Glossary Bibliography Index
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.