This chapter examines the ways in which colonialism and imperial expansion have functioned as engines for processes of religion-making. Before the emergence of "Hinduism" in the early twentieth century, Indian and African Trinidadians frequently came together in temporary ritual communities that defied colonial assumptions about religion and race. They had other ways of imagining and performing sociality. It was only through the disciplining effects of colonial institutions that those assumptions became naturalized for colonized populations in Trinidad.
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