Central Africa in the Caribbean
Transcending Time, Transforming Cultures
428 Pages, 0.00 x 0.00 x 0.00
- Published: August 2002
Central Africa in the Caribbean is the product of more than three decades of research. Maureen Warner-Lewis’s pioneering study analyses some of the main lineaments of the Central African cultural legacy in the Caribbean, with fascinating transatlantic comparative data. She identifies Central African cultural forms in areas settled by the Koongo, Mbundu and Ovimbundu (the two present-day Congos and Angola) and illuminates Caribbean thought and customs through comparison with those cultures.
The work is based on extensive primary and secondary sources, oral interviews, folk-tales, and songs. Additionally, through her knowledge of the functional languages of the region – Spanish, English, French, and their creoles – Warner-Lewis accesses a wide range of pre-existing research on the Central African cultural impact on the Americas; this gives her work a unique pan-Caribbean breadth.
Warner-Lewis’s multidisciplinary approach highlights the debate concerning the origin and transformation of cultural forms in the Caribbean against a larger background of African culture and economy, and Atlantic World colonialism and slavery. This book is invaluable for scholars and general readers interested in African diaspora studies, African and Caribbean history, linguistics, music, religion, and cultural anthropology.
List of Songs
Orthographic and Typographic Practice
West Central Africa after European Contact
Experiences of Enslavement
Central Africans as Individuals in Community
Economic Skills and Domestic Activity
Interpersonal Relationships: Courtesies and Rites of Passage
Religious Cosmology and Praxis
Christianity and Associated Religions
Accessing Power: Ritual War and Masquerade
Pleasurable Leisure: Games, Dance and Music
“A substantial contribution to cultural studies in the Caribbean…intellectually gripping…”
- Barbara Lalla