This course will explore some of the most important Afro- Caribbean religions and their cultural manifestations rooted in different spiritual beliefs that came from Africa during the Conquest and Colonial periods. The teachers will be introduced to some aspects of the phenomenology of these beliefs, the practices of their followers, and the important role of their discourses as oppressed and marginalized groups. Some of the topics to be discussed are the ideas of God and spirits, Vodou in Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora, sacrifices, The Rastafarians, Spiritism, Brazilian Candomblé, the idea of evil, syncretism, and Botanicas in their role in healing people. Also, we are going to pay special attention to the influence of these religious experiences in art, music, literature and other alternative texts.
3 Graduate Credits: $650