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Radical MovesCaribbean Migrants and the Politics of Race in the Jazz Age$
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Lara Putnam

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835821

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838136_putnam

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Spirits of a Mobile World

Spirits of a Mobile World

Worship, Protection, and Threat at Home and Abroad, 1900S-1930s

(p.49) Two Spirits of a Mobile World
Radical Moves

Lara Putnam

University of North Carolina Press

Prayers, forms of worship, and other spiritual practices are present in firsthand accounts of the circum-Caribbean migratory sphere. Turning to the realm of popular culture, this chapter reconstructs the practices through which migrants sought help and protection from the spirit world. It begins by describing the wide range of Christian movements that circulated with migrants in and around the Caribbean at the start of the twentieth century. The chapter then moves on to the realm of healing practices and supernatural techniques: patent medicines, tarot cards, mystic “Eastern” lore. Finally, it examines black-internationalist leaders' perspectives on popular spiritual practice.

Keywords:   prayers, worship, spiritual practices, spirit world, Christian movements, healing practices, patent medicines, tarot cards, Eastern lore

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