Obeah, Orisa, and Religious Identity in Trinidad (Vols. I & II)

Repeating Islands

Duke University Press has just announced the two-volume work Obeah, Orisa, and Religious Identity in Trinidad, to be published in October 2022. Volume I, by Tracey E. Hucks centers on Obeah; Volume II, by Dianne M. Stewart, is dedicated to Orisa.

Description:Obeah, Orisa, and Religious Identity in Trinidadis an expansive two-volume examination of social imaginaries concerning Obeah and Yoruba-Orisa from colonialism to the present. Analyzing their entangled histories and systems of devotion, Tracey E. Hucks and Dianne M. Stewart articulate how these religions were criminalized during slavery and colonialism yet still demonstrated autonomous modes of expression and self-defense. InVolume I, Obeah, Hucks traces the history of African religious repression in colonial Trinidad through the late nineteenth century. Drawing on sources ranging from colonial records, laws, and legal transcripts to travel diaries, literary fiction, and written correspondence, she documents the persecution and violent penalization of African religious practices…

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