Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Religious Cults of the Caribbean: Trinidad, Jamaica and Haiti

Simpson, George Eaton, Religious Cults of the Caribbean: Trinidad, Jamaica and Haiti, Rio Piedras: Institute of Caribbean Studies, 1980.

From the Preface:
"The Shango Cult in Trinidad" was published by the Institute of Caribbean Studies, University of Puerto Rico, in 1965. In re-publishing it in 1970, eleven papers were included on the religious cults in the Caribbean which have been investigated by the author. These groups include Vodun in Haiti, Revival Zion and Ras Tafari in Jamaica, and Shango and the Shouters in Trinidad. Two papers have been added in the second revised edition of “Religious Cults of the Caribbean: Trinidad, Jamaica and Haiti” – ‘Afro-American Religions and Religious Behavior’ and ‘The Kele (Chango) Cult in St. Lucia.’ I regard my research in the Caribbean as a part of the Afro-American studies started by Professor Herskovits. Brief introductory statements precede each section of this work, but the original publications are reproduced here without change. The Bibliography includes titles on Caribbean religions not dealt with in this volume, especially Candomble, Macoumba, Xango, and the spiritualism of Umbanda in Brazil, Santeria in Cuba, Convince in Jamaica, Shakers in St. Vincent, and Spiritualism in Puerto Rico.

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