Anthropology of Black Religions in the Americas|
Fall 2008 not offered
This course examines Afro-Creole religions and cultural expressions in selected communities throughout the Atlantic world. How were religious communities created under colonial domination? Under what conditions were religions shaped, and what shapes did they take? How are African-based religions produced through aesthetics and the ritual arts of spiritual talk and sermons, song, dance, drumming, and medicine-making? How do these religions continue to survive, thrive, and, in some cases, grow in the current historical period? This course will pay special attention to the yearly ritual cycle and its attendant festivals: Christmas, Carnivals, Lent, Easter, saints' days, feasts, and pilgrimages, as well as the emergent spiritual and aesthetic traditions such as Capoeira and Rara. We will study Orisha religions like La Regla de Ocha, or Lukumi, in Cuba and the Latino United States; Candomble in Brazil; Vodou in Haiti; and Garifuna traditions and spiritism in Puerto Rico.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CBST-MN)(CEAS-Phil/Reli)(CIR)(LAST)(RELI-MN)(RELI)
Karen McCarthy Brown, MAMA LOLA
Bettelheim and Nunley, CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL ARTS
Robert Farris Thompson, FLASH OF THE SPIRIT
Joseph Murphy, WORKING THE SPIRIT
Murrell, N.S., CHANTING DOWN BABYLON
|Examination and Assignments: |
Attendance, discussion, weekly response papers, three critical essays, OR student may choose to write major (16-20pp) research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills a "Religion in Society" requirement for the department major.