REL ESSAY 4 - Michael Bustin Professor Poirier REL 101 BA...

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Michael Bustin Professor Poirier REL 101 BA 4/23/10 Variants of Catholicism: The Birth of Vodou and Santeria At the establishment of the new colonies in the colonial period, a trade began that completely changed the course of history. This trade was the movement and trade of African slaves from the western part of Africa to the New World, by the Middle Passage. Slaves were snatched up and out of their home villages and forced into ships for 1-3 months to become slaves in the Atlantic Slave Trade 1 . After being sold and slaves were usually split apart from their families and tribesman, and the newly made slaves would be forced to work gruelingly against their will 2 . Back in Africa, “religion provided Africans with rituals to celebrate important events in life, such as birth, coming of age, marriage, and death” and this was fundamental part in all African religions and cultures (Raboteau 16). But as the slave trade ramped up, many African cultures became lost as load after load of Africans were boarded onto ships to become slaves in the new
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course REL 101 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '10 term at Miami University.

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REL ESSAY 4 - Michael Bustin Professor Poirier REL 101 BA...

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