Central Africa in the Caribbean: Transcending Time, Transforming Cultures

Central Africa in the Caribbean: Transcending Time, Transforming Cultures

written by Maureen Warner Lewis, fl. 1967 (Kingston, Kingston Parish: University of the West Indies, 2002), 428 page(s)

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Abstract / Summary
Central Africa in the Caribbean is the product of more than three decades of research. Maureen Warner-Lewis’s pioneering study analyses some of the main lineaments of the Central African cultural legacy in the Caribbean, with fascinating transatlantic comparative data. She identifies Central African cultural forms in areas settled by the Koongo, Mbundu and Ovimbundu (the two present-day Congos and Angola) and illuminates Caribbean thought and customs through comparison with those cultures. The work is based on extensive primary and secondary sources, oral interviews, folk-tales, and songs. Additionally, through her knowledge of the functional languages of the region – Spanish, English, French, and their creoles – Warner-Lewis accesses a wide range of pre-existing research on the Central African cultural impact on the Americas; this gives her work a unique pan-Caribbean breadth. Warner-Lewis’s multidisciplinary approach highlights the debate concerning the origin and transformation of cultural forms in the Caribbean against a larger background of African culture and economy, and Atlantic World colonialism and slavery. This book is invaluable for scholars and general readers interested in African diaspora studies, African and Caribbean history, linguistics, music, religion, and cultural anthropology.
Field of Interest
Black Studies
Maureen Warner Lewis, fl. 1967
Copyright Message
Copyright © 2002 Maureen Warner-Lewis
Content Type
Warning: Contains explicit content
Page Count
Publication Year
University of the West Indies
Place Published / Released
Kingston, Kingston Parish
Black Studies, Diversity, Family and Culture, Social customs, Cultural assimilation, Cultural change and history, African diaspora, Familia y Cultura, Família e Cultura, Caribbean and West Indians, Central Africans
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Familia y Cultura, Família e Cultura

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