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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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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.
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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 witch.
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.