Zombie Testimony: Creole Religious Discourse in West Indian Slave Narratives
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This fascinating perspective on the discourse of spirituality, taken from the brief slave narrative of a Barbadian slave woman named Ashy, was discovered in a box of miscellaneous papers in a room in the Bodleian Library (Handler 1998: 132). Indeed, Ashy’s narrative offers compelling testimony of the imbrication of Judeo-Christian and West African spiritual discourses common in the wider Caribbean in which a “cacophony of practices and traditions […] came forcibly together” in the context of the British West Indian slave society (Olmos and Paravisini 1997: 2).
KeywordsReligious Instruction Penal Gang Slave Trade Religious Discourse Plantation Owner
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