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Caribbean Religious HistoryAn Introduction$
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Ennis B. Edmonds and Michelle A. Gonzalez

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814722343

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814722343.001.0001

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Legitimation, Indigenization, and Contextualization

Legitimation, Indigenization, and Contextualization

(p.203) 9 Legitimation, Indigenization, and Contextualization
Caribbean Religious History

Ennis B. Edmonds

Michelle A. Gonzalez

NYU Press

This chapter looks at contemporary issues facing religion in the Caribbean today. Caribbean religions entered the twenty-first century as established religious traditions at the defining moment for legitimation, growth, and globalization. No longer relegated to their island nations, religions that are either indigenous to the Caribbean or have been imported and now flourish in the Caribbean are world religions. Whether it is the Jamaican grassroots religion of Rastafarianism or the global movement of Pentecostalism, the Caribbean has become a microcosm of global religion. The chapter discusses the emergence of Caribbean theology in the second half of the 20th century, Caribbean religion as reflected in music and the arts, new religious movements, and Caribbean religions in the United States.

Keywords:   Caribbean religion, religious traditions, Rastafarianism, Pentecostalism, Caribbean theology, new religious movements

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