AAS 421 - Religions of the African Diaspora
Section: 001
Term: FA 2012
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

This survey course offers an overview of the religions of the African Diaspora. Beginning with a theorization and genealogy of the concept of diaspora itself, the course provides introductions (both in historical context and contemporary manifestations) to the following: Brazilian Candomblé and Umbanda; Cuban Santería and Palo Monte; Haitian Vodou; Jamaican and globalized Rastafarianism; the ancestor religion of the Garifuna of Honduras, Guatemala and Belize; Obeah/ orisha practices of Trinidad; and the Afro-Baptist tradition and Pentecostal roots of the Black Church in the U.S. Key issues will include the way "Africa" is recreated in ritual practice, the experience of exile and transculturation, and common ritual tropes such as spirit possession, altars devoted to material exchange and sacrifice, performative codes of clothing and music, and many others.

Intended audience: Upper-level undergrads and grad students

Class Format: 3 hours/week in lecture format

Course Requirements:Attendance; participation; short in-class presentations; critical reading reviews; midterm exam; final exam. Undergraduates will do weekly critical reading response/reflection papers of about 3 pages each, making a sum of around 40 pages during the term. They also write essays on midterm and final exams, in addition to doing an oral presentation. Grads will be required to do a research paper.

AAS 421 - Religions of the African Diaspora
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
29912
Open
14
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 0195188225
Secrets, gossip, and gods : the transformation of Brazilian Candomble, Author: Paul Christopher Johnson., Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press 2005
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0520224752
Mama Lola a Vodou priestess in Brooklyn, Author: Karen McCarthy Brown., Publisher: University of California Press Updated an 2001
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0807010219
Santeria : African spirits in America : with a new preface, Author: Joseph M. Murphy., Publisher: Beacon Press With a new 1993
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780807010396
The Rastafarians : with a new afterword, Author: Barrett, Leonard E., Publisher: Beacon Press 1998
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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