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Religion, Culture and Tradition in the Caribbean 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0312232429
ISBN-10: 031223242X
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About the Author

Hemchand Gossai is Associate Professor of Religion at Muhlenberg College.

Nathaniel Samuel Murrell is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (September 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031223242X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312232429
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,899,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Bible is the most widely read and influential book in the Caribbean; the Bible seems to be everywhere and in everything. The Bible has been used to name, claim, oppress, and exploit natives and the diaspora populations in the Caribbean, and it continues to define Caribbean reality and morality in the twenty-first century. In this anthology, Caribbean scholars and scholars of Caribbean studies analyze the most fundamental assumptions and practices derived from different readings of the Bible at different epochs in Caribbean history. From the doleful slave narratives and missionary misreading of biblical text in the 1700s to the modern militant chant of Rastafari; from the Jamaica Maroon uprising to the Grenada Revolution; from Indo-Guyanese women's reality to Rastafarian "Sistren" spiritu-ality; from the quiet waters of Anglo-Barbadian cultural experience to the high seas of Latino American relations, the anthology tells a grip-ping tale of the struggle of ethnic peoples to find meaning, "existence," and reality in a world they did not create. In a region charac-terized by colonialism and now functioning as a postcolonial environment with a dominant presence of Christians, Hindus, Muslims, and Rastafarians, the possibilities with all their complexities are infinite.
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