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Spirits, blood, and drums : the Orisha religion in Trinidad

Author: James T Houk
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1995.
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"Valuable, well-presented study examines background, rites and ceremonies, and social organization of Orisha religion, 'arguably the most purely African cultural practice left on the island.' However, worshipers combine, in varying degrees, elements from five traditions - African, Catholic, Hindu, Protestant, and Kabbalah - to form an 'Afro-American religious complex.'"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.
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Houk, James T. (James Titus), 1955-
Spirits, blood, and drums.
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1995
(DLC) 94046666
(OCoLC)31738705
Named Person: James T Houk; James T Houk
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James T Houk
ISBN: 9781439903766 143990376X 9781566393492 1566393493 9781566393508 1566393507
OCLC Number: 646068258
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 238 pages) : illustrations
Contents: List of Tables and Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; Part I; 1. Orisha Experiences; 2. Religion, Postmodernism, and Methodology; 3. The Setting; Part II; 4. African Roots of the Orisha Religion; 5. Catholicism and the Orisha Religion; 6. The Spiritual Baptists; 7. Hinduism and the Kabbalah; Part III; 8. Spirits and Spirit Possession; 9. Social Organization of the Orisha Religion; 10. The Orisha and Their Abodes; 11. The Ebo, Feast for the Gods; Part IV; 12. The Orisha Religion as an Open System; 13. Syncretism and Eclecticism versus Africanization.
Responsibility: James T. Houk.

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"Valuable, well-presented study examines background, rites and ceremonies, and social organization of Orisha religion, 'arguably the most purely African cultural practice left on the island.' However, worshipers combine, in varying degrees, elements from five traditions - African, Catholic, Hindu, Protestant, and Kabbalah - to form an 'Afro-American religious complex.'"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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