In Obeah and different Powers, historians and anthropologists reflect on how marginalized non secular traditions—such as obeah, Vodou, and Santería—have been understood and represented around the Caribbean because the 17th century. In essays all in favour of Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, and the broader Anglophone Caribbean, the participants discover the fields of strength in which Caribbean religions were produced, transformed, appropriated, and policed. The "other powers" of the book's identify have helped to form, or tried to curtail, Caribbean religions and therapeutic practices. those powers comprise these of capital and colonialism; of states that criminalize a few practices and legitimize others; of occupying armies that rewrite constitutions and reorient economies; of writers, filmmakers, and students who symbolize Caribbean practices either to these with little wisdom of the quarter and to people who dwell there; and, no longer least, of the thousands of individuals within the Caribbean whose relationships with each other, in addition to with capital and the kingdom, have lengthy been mediated and skilled via spiritual formations and discourses.
Contributors. Kenneth Bilby, Erna Brodber, Alejandra Bronfman, Elizabeth Cooper, Maarit Forde, Stephan Palmié, Diana Paton, Alasdair Pettinger, Lara Putnam, Karen Richman, Raquel Romberg, John Savage, Katherine Smith