Zombie Testimony: Creole Religious Discourse in West Indian Slave Narratives

Part of the The New Urban Atlantic book series (NUA)


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).


Religious Instruction Penal Gang Slave Trade Religious Discourse Plantation Owner 
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© Nicole N. Aljoe 2012

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