Sides and Paths: Spirits and Transculturation in the Southern Caribbean

Keith E. McNeal

in Trance and Modernity in the Southern Caribbean

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037363
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813042121 | DOI:
Sides and Paths: Spirits and Transculturation in the Southern Caribbean

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This chapter pursues comparative investigation of the ways the study's two focal traditions have undergone processes of evolution specific to the southern Caribbean, such as the parallel convergence of structural form, especially with the subaltern privatization of trance performance and related devotional practice; comparable dynamics of pantheonization and syncretic amalgamation; resonant heterodox marginalization and sociocultural stratification; congruent patterns of transracial recruitment; and progressively therapeutic reorientation. It develops the concepts of “structural convergence” and “subaltern liberalization” in order to account for the complex sociocultural processes undergone by Shango and Shakti Puja in their histories of colonial and postcolonial transculturation.

Keywords: spirits; transculturation; structural convergence; subaltern liberalization; privatization of religion

Chapter.  23200 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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