Chapter 9

The Kabalistic Side

When I went to Trinidad, I was prepared to conduct fieldwork among the members of the Spiritual Baptist Faith and Orisha Work. From my pre-fieldwork library research I was aware that there was a relationship between both religions and that their respective populations overlapped extensively. I confirmed these prior inferences during the course of my fieldwork, and I have documented my findings in the previous chapters. Hence, I was prepared to compare and study the phenomena of “manifestations” in both groups, with the added likelihood of using data from individuals who had experienced both types of manifestations, namely by the Holy Spirit and orishas and re-res respectively. And after spending a year in Trinidad, ...

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