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Religious Studies 3260

African Spirits in the New World

Instructor: Mary Keller
Delivery Method: Online - Asynchronous
Time: N/A

Can you study spirits at a university? We do!

First, you’ll learn how an academic study of religion defines and approaches spirits. What are the limits of the claims we can make in the humanistic study of religions?  Then we travel from Haiti to Brazil, to Cuba, to Jamaica, to the Black Church in the USA.

Rituals and Liminality

The transformation of bodies to restore African ancestors.

We learn the anthropological theory of the ritual process through which humans undergo rites of passage that transform them, producing an elevated status. Enslaved communities reclaimed their connections with African ancestry using rituals to heal, protect, and fight against the immoral universe of slavery. The history and geography of the African Diaspora produced similarities and varieties across Vodou, Candomblé, Santeria, Revival Zion, and the Black Church. Weekly, repeatable quizzes to learn the vocabulary, video lectures, and you apply the concept of liminality in two short papers.

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