7) Ivor Morrish, Obeah
, Christ and the Rastaman: Jamaica and Its Religion (Cambridge, U.
The protagonist Marina Heathrow in When Rocks Dance, the daughter of a Trinidadian cocoa planter and an African mother demonstrates development when she learns that the African-derived Caribbean religion of Obeah
should not be used for personal material gain.
Broaddus, a writer whose work has appeared in publications from Asimov's Science Fiction to Apex Magazine, brings a less-heard perspective to speculative fiction, infusing his stories with African words and concepts, Jamaican obeah
(Cabibbean folk magic), and other rich cultural sources.
For example, the one on African religions in the Americas cites both Melville Herskovits's seminal 1941 study The Myth of the Negro Past and Diana Paton and Maarit Forde's 2012 edited collection Obeah
and Other Powers, and the one on capitalism includes David Hancock's 2009 Oceans of Wine in conjunction with the path-breaking studies of Eric Williams, James C.
Contraceptive plant knowledge has remained central for Obeah
Caribbean women as a political practice and is often part of their everyday lives (Schiebinger 2004, 238-241).
The monsters of Shelley, Stevenson, and Stoker are recast as the zombis and soucriants of the obeah
tradition, in whose monstrosity Rhys's heroines recognize the hybridity and abjection of their own divided identities.
There is a plethora of themes that revolve around obeah
, religious beliefs, sexual and economic exploitation of women by members of the planter class and Blacks in privileged positions.
Beckford also calls for the incorporation of elements of non-Christian African Diaspora religions--Vodou, Obeah
, and others--into Pentecostalism.
This sensuous, queasy, dream-sequence uncertainty, the casual allusions to obeah
(witchcraft) and to eerie island folktales, sets up a kind of contrapuntal tension against the grimly real history (including the Second World War and Korean War) surging alongside--compounded, too, by the steady, ugly incursions on island life by American culture and tourism" joan frank
com)-- Readers of the Persaud Girls four-book series can expect to experience a “different side of Jamaican fiction” according to author Teisha Mott, who says her work focuses “not on the familiar cultural themes, for example, of life in rural Jamaica or obeah
,” but rather on love, marriage and the coming of age of four women who are not only rich but beautiful.
Yseult was much weighed down and, having been raised a princess--and a mermaid to boot--much surprised by her new station, which included but one servant, the chocolate-hued Irmella, who did not do windows and had formerly been an Obeah
Works such as Monique Mojica's Princess Pocahontas (1991), Guillermo Verdecchia's Fronteras Americanas (1993), and Nicole Brooks's Obeah
Opera (2012) similarly hinge on "I am" statements as a loaded refrain and marker of identity construction.