Repression of Obeah: A Reflection Paper

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This paper looks at the repression of the Obeah as a religion from a personal perspective through examination of written texts

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Repression of ObeahName CourseInstructorDateRepression of Obeah: A Reflection PaperReligion tends to give people an identity. It did that to the black population of slaves from the Gold coast of Africa during the time of slavery in the Caribbean. The emergence of Obeah and continued practice among the slaves attracted the attention of the respective white masters in the British, French and Spanish colonies in the Caribbean (Bisnauth 22). A practice that allowed the slaves to reconnect with the spirits, cast spells and pursue healing through the use of supernatural powers and herbs, it did not appeal very much to the white masters. Though the Africans would pursue it for their personal reasons, their masters looked at its potential to cause unity and thus rebellion. This paper looks at the repression of the Obeah as a religion from a personal perspective through examination of written texts.From the constructions of the white masters in their colonies, I think it is not genuine how they argued for the criminalization of the Obeah practices. The obeah practices, from the start did not basically advocate all out evil on other people. Rather, the Obeah practices were meant to cr

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