The Somatics of Syncretism: Tying Body and Soul in Haitian Religion

  title={The Somatics of Syncretism: Tying Body and Soul in Haitian Religion},
  author={Terry Rey and Karen E. Richman},
  journal={Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses},
  pages={379 - 403}
  • Terry Rey, K. Richman
  • Published 20 August 2010
  • Philosophy
  • Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses
The convergence of African religion and Christianity in the Atlantic world has inspired some of the most significant and most analyzed examples of syncretism in the study of religion. Scholarly discussions of these phenomena, however, tend to portray religions like Vodou in Haiti and Candomblé in Brazil as mergers of various Euro-Christian and ‘‘traditional’’ African elements that chiefly result from processes of cognitive ideation, thereby blurring the integrative somatic dimensions of… 
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