From Syncretism to Hybridity: Transformations in African-derived American Religions: An Introduction

Schmidt, Bettina E. and Hödl, Hans Gerald (2023) From Syncretism to Hybridity: Transformations in African-derived American Religions: An Introduction. Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society, 9. pp. 301-309. ISSN 2364-2807

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In this volume, we bring together research on African derived Religions in Latin America and African American Religions in the USA. Theoretically, the concepts of hybridity and syncretism are discussed, in the introduction as well as in the papers included. The papers featured deal with Brazilian Umbanda, Cuban Santería, US African Black Hebrew Israelites, the Five Percenter movement (an offspring of the Nation of Islam), and one single person, Robert T. Browne, an activist in the Black Nationalist movement. In the religions covered – that are an outcome of the historical circumstances of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade – elements taken from West and Central African traditions, European Christianity, and Kardecian Spiritism blend to new forms of religious movements. This being the “fundamental” transformation of religion addressed here, some essays in the volume also look at the further transformation of those traditions in a “glocalized” world.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Syncretism, study of religions
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Bettina Schmidt
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2023 11:07
Last Modified: 09 May 2024 14:07

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