Caribbean Religion and Anti-Colonialism




    • Witchcraft, poison, law, and Atlantic slavery” (2012) by Diana Paton

      Citation: Paton, D. 2012. “Witchcraft, poison, law, and Atlantic slavery.” The William and Mary Quarterly, 69(2), 235-264.
      Info: “ Investigating the Jamaica assembly’s decision within a wider Caribbean and Atlantic context and alongside the near-contemporaneous “Makandal conspiracy” in Saint Domingue, which was interpreted by French planters as a mass outbreak of poisoning, shows how similar practices came to be interpreted and constructed in different ways in different colonial cultures.”

    • Obeah and other powers: The Politics of Caribbean religion and healing” (2012) by Diana Paton and Maarit Forde

      Citation: Paton, D., & Forde, M. 2012. Obeah and other powers: The Politics of Caribbean religion and healing. Duke University Press.
      Info: “In Obeah and Other Powers, historians and anthropologists consider how marginalized spiritual traditions—such as obeah, Vodou, and Santería—have been understood and represented across the Caribbean since the seventeenth century. In essays focused on Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, and the wider Anglophone Caribbean, the contributors explore the fields of power within which Caribbean religions have been produced, modified, appropriated, and policed”.

    • Slave Medicine and Obeah in Barbados” (2000) by J.S Handler

      Citation:Handler, J. S. 2000. Slave Medicine and Obeah in Barbados, circa 1650 to 1834. NWIG: New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids, 74(1/2), 57-90.
      Info: “Describes the medical beliefs and practices of Barbadian slaves. Author discusses the role of supernatural forces in slave medicine, the range of beliefs and practices encompassed by the term Obeah, and how the meaning of this term changed over time.”

    • The Rastafari Movement: A North American and Caribbean Perspective” (2017) by Michael Barnett

      Citation: Barnett, Michael. 2017. The Rastafari Movement: A North American and Caribbean Perspective. Routledge.
      Info: ent: A North American and Caribbean Perspective provides a historical and ideological overview of the Rastafari movement in the context of its early beginnings in the island of Jamaica and its eventual establishment in other geographic locations. Building on previous scholarship and the author’s own fieldwork, the text goes on to provide a rich comparative analysis of the Rastafari movement with other Black theological movements

    • Rastafari: Alternative Religion and Resistance” (2009) by Jerome Koubo Dagini

      Citation: Dagnini, Jeremie Koubo.  2009.  “Rastafari: Alternative Religion and Resistance against ‘White’ Christianity. Caribbean Studies, 12: pp. ??
      Info: Since the early sixteenth century, the history of Jamaica has been associated successively with slavery, Christian Evangelization, colonialism and neocolonialism, which gave rise to numerous revolutions, riots and various other forms of social unrest. Black Jamaicans have always lived in a constant state of resistance, a mentality that gave birth, in the early thirties, to a Jamaican religion called Rastafari.