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AADS 1114 When Gods Begin Again: Intro to African & African Diaspora Religions (Fall/Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This introductory course examines African Christianity, Islam, and indigenous religions, as well as African Diaspora religions of Haitian Vodou, Cuban Santería, and Black American conjure/roots work. Employing a comparative religion approach, we explore Black Atlantic religious themes such as: God(s) and ancestor veneration, divination and sacred space, initiation and sacred arts, healing and the environment, gender and power, the impact of slavery on conversion/continuity, migration and diaspora. Ultimately, this course encourages students to reevaluate their understanding of Africana religions, recognize diverse cultural philosophies and ritual knowledge systems, and engage with written and visual materials that underscore the values of these traditions.


Instructor(s): Kyrah Daniels

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: THEO2114

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Last Updated: 09-Mar-18