Category Archives: Obeah

Anti-Obeah Laws of the Anglophone Caribbean, 1760s to 2010

2011 (Jerome Handler) Anti-Obeah Laws of the Anglophone Caribbean, 1760s to 2010. 35th Annual Conference, Society for Caribbean Studies,¬†International Slavery Museum, Liverpool. July 2011. Starting in Jamaica in 1760 and continuing to the present, scores of laws criminalizing obeah have … Continue reading

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Obeah: Healing and Protection in West Indian Slave Life

2004 (K. M. Bilby and J. S. Handler) “Obeah: Healing and Protection in West Indian Slave Life.”¬† Journal of Caribbean History 38: 153-183. Obeah encompasses a wide variety of beliefs and practices involving the control or channeling of supernatural spiritual … Continue reading

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On the Early Use and Origin of the Term ‘Obeah’ in Barbados and the Anglophone Caribbean

2001 (J. S. Handler and K. M. Bilby) “On the Early Use and Origin of the Term ‘Obeah’ in Barbados and the Anglophone Caribbean.” Slavery & Abolition 22: 87-100. The medicinal complex of Barbadian (and other Caribbean slaves) fundamentally rested … Continue reading

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Slave medicine and Obeah in Barbados, circa 1650 to 1834

2000 (Jerome Handler) “Slave medicine and Obeah in Barbados, circa 1650 to 1834.” Nieuwe West-Indische Gids–New West Indian Guide 74: 57-60. This article describes the medical beliefs and practices of Barbadian slaves. Author discusses the role of supernatural forces in … Continue reading

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