Chapter 11

The Spiritual BaptistFaith and Orisha Work:Histories

In the various ethnohistories of the Spiritual Baptist Faith and Orisha I Work, the influence of traditional West African, and in particular Yoruba, religion was often stressed (see Chapters 2 and 5 above). In Chapter 10 I have shown that West Africans did indeed figure prominently in the history of Trinidad, first as slaves, and later as free-persons. The main ethnic groups were the Hausa, Ibo, Rada, Mandingo, Kromanti, Temne, Congo and the Yoruba. These groups came from West Africa directly, and also from the other, mainly French and English, West Indian islands, starting in 1777 and continuing up to the present. It is from these latter migrations that the present African population ...

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