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In the Shadow of the Oracle: Religion as Politics in a Suriname Maroon Society
This is a book about witches and possession cults, about polytheistic priests and iconoclastic prophets, about magic as a cottage industry in a modernizing Afro-American society. It relates the world of the Ndyuka, a tribe of 50,000+ descendants of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century runaway African slaves in Suriname. It names the major innovators in the 300-year-long ...more
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published December 31st 2004 by Waveland Press
(first published April 2004)
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