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Central Africans and Cultural Transformations in the American Diaspora - Linda M. Heywood

Central Africans and Cultural Transformations in the American Diaspora

By: Linda M. Heywood (Editor)

Paperback Published: 12th December 2001
ISBN: 9780521002783
Number Of Pages: 404

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Sets out a new paradigm that increases our understanding of African culture and the forces that led to its transformation during the period of the Atlantic slave trade and beyond, putting long over-due emphasis on the importance of Central African culture to the cultures of the United States, Brazil, and the Caribbean. Focusing on the Kongo/Angola culture zone, the book illustrates how African peoples re-shaped their cultural institutions, beliefs and practices as they interacted with Portuguese slave traders up to 1800, then follows Central Africans through all the regions where they were taken as slaves and recaptives. Here, for the first time in one volume, leading scholars of Africa, Brazil, Latin America and the Caribbean have collaborated to analyze the culture history of Africa and its diaspora. This interdisciplinary approach across geographic areas is sure to set a precedent for other scholars of Africa and its diaspora.

"...an exemplary collection of essays, presenting new information and interpretations that fundamentally revise and deepen our understanding of the slave trade and the African diaspora." American Historical Review "[T]he overall architecture of this book is strong and telling. Graduate students and faculty." Choice "This path-breaking volume is a long overdue illumination of Central African influences on the slave cultures of the Americas and a refreshing reassessment of the transmission of African ideas, beliefs, and rituals...the essays represent an important launch pad for the debates that will no doubt shape slave studies well into the future. For those engaged in slave studies, this book will be indespensable." Transforming Anthropology

List of Contributorsp. vii
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Central Africa: Society, Culture, and the Slave Trade
Central Africa During the Era of the Slave Trade, c. 1490s-1850sp. 21
Religious and Ceremonial Life in the Kongo and Mbundu Areas, 1500-1700p. 71
Portuguese into African: The Eighteenth-Century Central African Background to Atlantic Creole Culturesp. 91
Central Africans in Brazil
Central Africans in Central Brazil, 1780-1835p. 117
Who Is the King of Congo? A New Look at African and Afro-Brazilian Kings in Brazilp. 153
The Great Porpoise-Skull Strike: Central African Water Spirits and Slave Identity in Early-Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeirop. 183
Central Africans in Haiti and Spanish America
Twins, Simbi Spirits, and Lwas in Kongo and Haitip. 211
The Central African Presence in Spanish Maroon Communitiesp. 227
Central African Popular Christianity and the Making of Haitian Vodou Religionp. 243
Kongolese Catholic Influences on Haitian Popular Catholicism: A Sociohistorical Explorationp. 265
Central Africans in North America and the Caribbean
"Walk in the Feenda": West-Central Africans and the Forest in the South Carolina--Georgia Lowcountryp. 289
Liberated Central Africans in Nineteenth-Century Guyanap. 319
Combat and the Crossing of the Kalungap. 353
Indexp. 371
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ISBN: 9780521002783
ISBN-10: 0521002788
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 12th December 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.54