In this Book

Nation Dance
buy this book Buy This Book in Print
summary

Nation Dance
Religion, Identity, and Cultural Difference in the Caribbean

Edited by Patrick Taylor

Addresses the interplay of diverse spiritual, religious, and cultural traditions across the Caribbean.

Dealing with the ongoing interaction of rich and diverse cultural traditions from Cuba and Jamaica to Guyana and Surinam, Nation Dance addresses some of the major contemporary issues in the study of Caribbean religion and identity. The book's three sections move from a focus on spirituality and healing, to theology in social and political context, and on to questions of identity and diaspora.

The book begins with the voices of female practitioners and then offers a broad, interdisciplinary examination of Caribbean religion and culture. Afro-Caribbean religions, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity are all addressed, with specific reflections on Santería, Palo Monte, Vodou, Winti, Obeah, Kali Mai, Orisha work, Spiritual Baptist faith, Spiritualism, Rastafari, Confucianism, Congregationalism, Pentecostalism, Catholicism, and liberation theology. Some essays are based on fieldwork, archival research, and textual or linguistic analysis, while others are concerned with methodological or theoretical issues. Contributors include practitioners and scholars, some very established in the field, others with fresh, new approaches; all of them come from the region or have done extensive fieldwork or research there. In these essays the poetic vitality of the practitioner's voice meets the attentive commitment of the postcolonial scholar in a dance of "nations" across the waters.

Patrick Taylor, Associate Professor in the Division of Humanities and in the Graduate Programme in Social and Political Thought at York University, Toronto, is past Deputy Director of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean and Editor-in-Chief of the Caribbean Religions Project. He is author of The Narrative of Liberation: Perspectives on Afro-Caribbean Literature, Popular Culture and Politics and co-editor of Forging Identities and Patterns of Development in Latin America and the Caribbean. His articles have appeared in Callaloo, Studies in Religion, and other scholarly journals and books.

May 2001
224 pages, 1 b&w photo, 1 map, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4, bibl., index
cloth 0-253-33835-2 $39.95 L /

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Dancing the Nation: An Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. I: Spirituality, Healing, and the Divine
  2. pp. 15-16
  1. 1. Across the Waters: Practitioners Speak
  2. pp. 17-24
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 2. How Shall We Sing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land? Constructing the Divine in Caribbean Contexts
  2. pp. 25-31
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 3. Communicating with Our Gods: The Language of Winti
  2. pp. 32-39
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 4. The Intersemiotics of Obeah and Kali Mai in Guyana
  2. pp. 40-53
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 5. Religions of African Origin in Cuba: A Gender Perspective
  2. pp. 54-62
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. II: Theology, Society, and Politics
  2. pp. 63-64
  1. 6. Sheba’s Song: The Bible, the Kebra Nagast, and the Rastafari
  2. pp. 65-78
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 7. Themes from West Indian Church History in Colonial and Post-colonial Times
  2. pp. 79-88
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 8. Congregationalism and Afro-Guianese Autonomy
  2. pp. 89-103
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 9. Eden after Eve: Christian Fundamentalism and Women in Barbados
  2. pp. 104-117
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 10. Current Evolution of Relations between Religion and Politics in Haiti
  2. pp. 118-125
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. III: Theology, Society, and Politics
  2. pp. 126-128
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 11. Jamaican Diasporic Identity: The Metaphor of Yaad
  2. pp. 129-137
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 12. Identity, Personhood, and Religion in Caribbean Context
  2. pp. 138-152
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 13. Sanfanco´ n: Orientalism, Self-Orientalization, and “Chinese Religion” in Cuba
  2. pp. 153-170
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 14. The Diasporic Mo(ve)ment: Indentureship and Indo-Caribbean Identity
  2. pp. 171-192
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Caribbean Religions: A Supplementary Bibliography
  2. pp. 193-206
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 207-208
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 209-220
  3. restricted access Download |
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.