By Milton C. Sernett
initially released in 1985, this accelerated moment version comprises new assets on ladies, African missions, and the nice Migration. Milton C. Sernett presents a normal creation in addition to old context and remark for every document.
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If any of us, who have wicked and profane masters, should become religious, how will our estates be changed in another world. Oh, my friends, let me intreat of you to think on these things, and to live as if you believed them to be true. If you become Christians, you will have reason to bless God for ever, that you have been brought into a land where you have heard the gospel, though you have been slaves. If we should ever get to Heaven, we shall find nobody to reproach us for being black, or for being slaves.
Though this eighteenth-century English planter's interpretations of African religious survivals in colonial Jamaica betray his own cultural biases, Edwards accurately records how strongly Jamaican slaves clung to traditional beliefs and practices associated with witchcraft and sorcery. Obeah and myalism had roots among those West African traditions that stressed the dual potential of magicoreligious powers for help or harm. The obeahman or sorcerer practiced negative spiritual medicine. The myalman counteracted with positive spiritual medicine, which came through dancing and possession trances, sometimes referred to as Jamaican Cumina, an ancestral cult.
The myalman counteracted with positive spiritual medicine, which came through dancing and possession trances, sometimes referred to as Jamaican Cumina, an ancestral cult. Though the African gods did not survive by name in Jamaica, as they did in Haitian vaudou, enslaved Africans clung to beliefs in family spirits and "ancestral zombies," sometimes in support of rebellion. The colonial planters and their representatives guarded against the influence of obeahmen, whose charms were said to protect insurgents from the weapons of whites.