Reinventing Religions: Syncretism and Transformation in Africa and the Americas

Reinventing Religions Syncretism and Transformation in Africa and the Americas Once a central concept in anthropology syncretism has recently re emerged as a valuable tool for understanding the complex dynamics of ethnicity postcolonialism and transnationalism Building on a c

  • Title: Reinventing Religions: Syncretism and Transformation in Africa and the Americas
  • Author: André Droogers
  • ISBN: 9780847688531
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Paperback
  • Once a central concept in anthropology, syncretism has recently re emerged as a valuable tool for understanding the complex dynamics of ethnicity, postcolonialism, and transnationalism Building on a century long tradition of scholarship, this important book formulates a broader view of the mixing and interpenetration of religious beliefs and practices, primarily from AfriOnce a central concept in anthropology, syncretism has recently re emerged as a valuable tool for understanding the complex dynamics of ethnicity, postcolonialism, and transnationalism Building on a century long tradition of scholarship, this important book formulates a broader view of the mixing and interpenetration of religious beliefs and practices, primarily from Africa and Europe, highlighting the ways in which religions and cultures on both sides of the Atlantic have been assimilated and innovatively changed Divided into four sections, the book focuses on religious syncretism in Brazil, Jamaica, and other parts of the Caribbean and West Africa Greenfield and Droogers have brought together an array of outstanding international scholars whose rich and varied essays on specific geographical locales and customs comprise an innovative and comprehensive view of the transference of religious traditions and their continuity and reformulation on two continents.

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