Afro-American religion

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Example of Louisiana Voodoo altar inside a temple in New Orleans.

Afro-American religion (also known as African diasporic religions) are a number of related religions that developed in the Americas in various nations of Latin America, the Caribbean, and in the state of Louisiana in the Southern United States. They derive from traditional African religions with some influence from other religious traditions, notably Christianity.

Characteristics[edit]

Afro-American religions involve veneration of the dead, and include a creator deity along with a pantheon of divine spirits such as the Orisha, Loa, Nkisi, and Alusi, among others. In addition to the religious syncretism of these various African traditions, many also incorporate elements of Folk Catholicism, Native American religion, Spiritism, Spiritualism and European folklore.

Various "doctoring" spiritual traditions also exist such as Obeah and Hoodoo which focus on spiritual health.[1] African religious traditions in the Americas can vary. They can have non-prominent African roots or can be almost wholly African in nature, such as religions like Trinidad Orisha.[2]

List of religions and spiritual traditions[edit]

Brazil[edit]

Cuba[edit]

Curaçao[edit]

Dominican Republic[edit]

Guyana[edit]

Haiti[edit]

Jamaica[edit]

Puerto Rico[edit]

Saint Lucia[edit]

Suriname[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

United States[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eltis, David; Richardson, David (1997). Routes to slavery: direction, ethnicity, and mortality in the transatlantic slave trade. Routledge. p. 88. ISBN 0-7146-4820-5.
  2. ^ Houk, James (1995). Spirits, Blood, and Drums: The Orisha Religion in Trinidad. Temple University Press.
  3. ^ Xango de Recife[permanent dead link]

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