An Ethnographic Study of Papadjab, an Afro-Caribbean Devil Dancer: The Christmas Street Festival in St. Lucia
By: Benjamin Wintersteen (author)Hardback
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This book examines the religious, mythological and performance elements of the traditional Afro-Caribbean street festival. Using the theories of performance, political economy and symbolic analysis, this work elucidates how elements of African, European and South American cultures interact to produce a unique understanding of the colonial and post-colonial experience.
List of Figures; Foreword by Katherine Browne; Prologue; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: Introduction; Research Overview and Context; Order of Papadjab Performers (Chart M-1); Chapter 2: Methods and Ethnography; Chapter 3: The Papadjab Ritual; Chapter 4: Form and Structure; Structure and Performance; Language as Medium; Devils in our Midst; The Place of the Devil; Chapter 5: Papadjab in Context; Where did he come from?; An Urban Christmas; Papadjab and Political Economy; Decolonization and Uncertainty; The Beginning of the End; The End of an Era; Chapter 6: Conclusions; Appendices; Transcript of Interviews; Kweyol Glossary of Terms; Names of Saint Lucia (Figure M-2); Rough Timeline of Critical Events (Figure M-1); Bibliography; Index.
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