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This front matter section of the book Africas of the Americas: Beyond the Search for Origins in the Study of Afro-Atlantic Religions contains the table of contents. The anthropology and history of African American religious formations has long been dominated by approaches aiming to recover and authenticate the historical transatlantic continuities linking such traditions to identifiable African source cultures. While not denying such continuities, the contributors to the book seek to transcend this research agenda by bracketing “Africa” and “African pasts” as objective givens, and asking instead what role notions of “Africanity” and “pastfulness” play in the social and ritual lives of historical and contemporary practitioners of Afro-Atlantic religious formations.

Keywords: Afro-Atlantic religions; anthropology; transatlantic continuities



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