Diaspora Conversions: Black Carib Religion and the Recovery of Africa Paul Christopher Johnson

ISBN: 9780520249707

Published: September 3rd 2007

Paperback

343 pages


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Diaspora Conversions: Black Carib Religion and the Recovery of Africa  by  Paul Christopher Johnson

Diaspora Conversions: Black Carib Religion and the Recovery of Africa by Paul Christopher Johnson
September 3rd 2007 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 343 pages | ISBN: 9780520249707 | 9.39 Mb

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 theMoreBy 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.



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