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Trance and Modernity in the Southern Caribbean: African and Hindu Popular Religions in Trinidad and Tobago

Keith E. McNeal


This is a comparative historical ethnography of the convergent colonial globalization of African and Hindu traditions of trance performance and spirit mediumship in the southern Caribbean, as well as their divergent political fates in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago's era of postcolonial multiculturalism. The analysis utilizes the methodology of controlled comparison in order to investigate the history of capitalism and modernization of religious cultures more usually thought of as “primitive” and hardly “modern.” This study explicitly compares and contrasts Afro-Caribbean and Indo-Caribbe ... More

Keywords: trance, mediumship, Caribbean, African traditions, Hindu, Trinidad, liberalism, colonialism, postcolonialism, multiculturalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813037363
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037363.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith E. McNeal, author