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Publications [#237696] of J. Lorand Matory

Essays, Articles, Chapters in Books

  1. Matory, JL, Free to Be a Slave: Slavery as a Metaphor in the Afro-Atlantic Religions, in Africas of the Americas: Beyond the Search for Origins in the Study of Afro-Atlantic Religions, edited by Palmie, S, vol. 33 (2008), Brill, ISBN 9789004164727
    (last updated on 2020/10/01)

    Whereas most African Americans and most university scholars regard enslavement as a demeaning condition, many African or African-inspired religions represent slaves as powerful and social hierarchy as a normal condition of life. Indeed, Christianity and Islam valorize slavery and the slave is ways that we seldom highlight or recognize as shaping publicly accepted conduct even in recent times.

    African-inspired religions, slavery, spirit possession, Santeria, Palo Mayombe, Umbanda, Candomble, Spiritism

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