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 (ō′bē-ə) also o·bi (ō′bē)
n. pl. o·be·ahs also o·bis
1. A form of religious belief of African origin, involving sorcery and practiced in Jamaica, some other parts of the West Indies, and nearby tropical America.
2. An object, charm, or fetish used in the practice of this belief.

[West Indian English, of West African origin; akin to Efik ubio, anything noxious, something put in the ground to cause sickness or death, bad omen.]


(Clothing & Fashion) another word for obi2


(ˈoʊ bi ə)

also obi

1. a form of belief involving sorcery, practiced in parts of the West Indies, South America, the southern U.S., and Africa.
2. a fetish or charm used in practicing obeah.
[1750–60; ultimately < a West African language; compare Twi ɔ-bayifó sorcerer]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.obeah - (West Indies) followers of a religious system involving witchcraft and sorcery
cult - followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices
the Indies, West Indies - the string of islands between North America and South America; a popular resort area
2.obeah - a religious belief of African origin involving witchcraft and sorceryobeah - a religious belief of African origin involving witchcraft and sorcery; practiced in parts of the West Indies and tropical Americas
cultus, religious cult, cult - a system of religious beliefs and rituals; "devoted to the cultus of the Blessed Virgin"
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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.
Over time, the enslaved in the Caribbean adopted European or European-style names, but the motivations behind the practice were often based on the pragmatic desire to fit in, to elevate their social status, and in some cases even to seek protection they inferred resided in Christian baptismal names against obeah practices in the enslaved community (39).
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.
Among the topics are epidemic, encounter, and colonial promotion in Virginia; African testimony, dangerous communications, and colonial medical knowledge in the 1721 Boston inoculation controversy; and obeah, slave revolt, and plantation medicine in the British West Indies.
Paton, Diana, & Maarit Forde, Obeah and Other Powers: The Politics of Caribbean Religion and Healing.
Creole Religions of the Caribbean: An Introduction from Vodou and Santeria to Obeah and Espiritismo.
In such vodoun or Obeah cults, the term nzambi migrated in meaning to "spirits of the dead.
Meanwhile, Caesar's closest friend Hector is plotting a slave-rebellion against Jeffries, with the help of the Obeah woman Esther: the power of Obeah religious practices over the African mind is documented in a footnote longer than the page.
But by this time she has long acquired the reputation as an obeah woman--a powerful and dangerous conjurer.
He holds a Bachelor's of Science degree from Purdue University in Biology (with an undeclared major in English) and comes from a family that includes several practicing obeah (think: Jamaican voodoo) people.
They include blood oaths (and other oathing ceremonies), the esoteric practice of Obeah (which fused together "Akan" and "Igbo" spiritual concepts), Ananse Spider trickster tales, day names, and a strong belief in transmigration (which prefigured mass suicides or suicidal resistance efforts).