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On Leaving And Joining Africanness Through Religion: The ‘Black Caribs’ Across Multiple Diasporic Horizons

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This chapter focuses on the religious practices of the Garifuna, formerly known by Europeans as the ?Black Caribs'. Garifuna society derived from mixed Amerindian, African and European antecedents, is now mainly located in villages along the Caribbean coast of Central America, the majority of which lie in Honduras. As a group begins to view itself against new historical and territorial horizons, new religious, ethnic and even racial identifications are disclosed from the past, transforming the meanings of the present. The author sharpens the now dulled analytical point of calling something ?diasporic' by asking when a group is not, or ceases to be, ?in diaspora'. If it is argued that the Garifuna are presently joining the African diaspora through religion, why were they not ?in it' before; or, how and when did they ?leave it'? Before addressing the question, the chapter presents some analytical bite to the key term, diaspora.

Keywords: African diaspora; Black Caribs; Garifuna; Honduras; religious practices



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