The only belongings that slaves were allowed to take with them, as they were leaving their great kingdoms of West Africa, were their gods. They smuggled them out to the sugar plantations in Haiti and Brazil. There, under the effect of forced Christianization, syncretic religions were formed, assimilating God the Creator with Mawu, the Catholic saints with orixas, and the multitude of lesser deities with the elements of natural phenomena.
This article is reserved for subscribed members only. If you are already a member, you can log in here below.
Subscribe for full access to The Eye of Photography archives!
That’s thousands of images and articles, documenting the history of the medium of photography and its evolution during the last decade, through a unique daily journal. Explore how photography, as an art and as a social phenomenon, continue to define our experience of the world. Two offers are available.
Subscribe either monthly for $5 or annually for $50 (2 months offered).