Caribbean Religious Traditions

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Christopher Columbus made a historic voyage when he discovered a small island in the Caribbean on October 12, 1492. This discovery borne the Caribbean into the mainstream of world history. Europeans of high status competed against each other for economic and political dominance which gave rise to the diversity of people, languages, and cultures which are present in the Caribbean today. The multiplicity of Religious traditions are an important part of this cultural merge. Accommodation, Adaptation and transformation began as these traditions discovered one another and their new environment which resulted in character and diversity of religious beliefs and practices. For instance, Christianity which was among a number of religions
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The arrival of these new populations added a new layer to the religious perspective of the Caribbean when the translantic slave trade ended. The Muslim Asians arrival gave it a visibility unseen in anterior centuries while Islam arrived firstly in the Caribbean via the translantic slave trade. This had a significant impact on the religious life as well the culture and economic structure of Caribbean nations. Questions of Caribbean identity and ethnicity were provoked by the arrival of Asian immigrants. African descents began to seek a revitalization of their African heritage by establishing groups such as the Rastafarian movement at the turn of the twentieth century. Rastafari, a Caribbean religion which is greatly internationally recognized however misunderstood shows us the demeanor in which Afro-Jamaicans desired to express a sense of African religion and identity while still being influenced by and strife against the legacy of European colonialism. These three religious traditions which reflect post emancipation colonial Caribbean religion and the negotiation of identity as the island nations finally obtained independence from European…show more content…
Edmonds and Michelle A. Gonzalez, the historical trajectories of Revival Zion in Jamaica and Spiritual Baptists in Trinidad (and other eastern Caribbean islands) provide salient examples of cultural convergence, adaptation, and agency at the Caribbean crossroads. Ennis B. Edmonds and Michelle A. Gonzalez stated that these faiths arose from the meeting of various religious traditions from Africa and Europe in the Caribbean arena. Afro-Christian traditions such as Revival Zion and Spiritual Baptists believed only in the Christian God of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father is acknowledged as the all-powerful creator and sovereign of the universe. Jesus and the Holy Spirit are the significant presences that are said to empower and sustain the lives of devotees as they strife to sustain themselves spiritually, socially, and materially in this
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