RELS021 - RELIG AFRICIAN DIASPORA

This introductory course examines the practices, beliefs, and deities within African-based religions in the United States and the Caribbean. While television shows such as American Horror Story presented African gods and their worshippers in pejorative ways, this course seeks to dispel these caricatures. The course will include Cuban Lukumi (Santeria), Brazilian Candombl©, Haitian Vodou, and other traditional African Religions in African Diaspora. Special attention will be paid to gender, ritual, and performance, and the growth of these religions in the United States in immigrant communities and the African American community. Film clips and YouTube videos will accompany our readings and fuel our discussion. Course requirements will include regular participation, readings, short response papers, quizzes, and a final research paper.
Section 910 - SEM
CANCELED
BATTLE, VENISE