Preface

This book is a revised version of my doctoral thesis (Lum, 1989). It comprises ethnographies of two Afro-Caribbean religions in Trinidad, the Spiritual Baptist Faith and Orisha Work, and a comparison and exegesis of the phenomenon of spirit possession as found in the two religions. Some of the devotees of these religions also participate actively in another religion called the Kabalistic Side, in which spirit possession is an integral aspect of worship. I have included a brief account of the Kabalistic Side, and considered it in my analysis of spirit possession.

I have attempted to maintain an epistemological consistency of working from and with first principles, from the choosing and developing of the project, to the fieldwork and the ...

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