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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 51–71.
Published: 01 July 2023
.... Linguistic fieldwork further led into concerns with religious, culinary, and musical folkways, as well as biographical investigation. Outlines of Warner-Lewis’s writings on the Caribbean and on Caribbean cultures inspired by Yoruba, Igbo, and Kongo matrices are presented. mwarnerlewis@gmail.com ©...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 75–85.
Published: 01 July 2023
... Yoruba Kongo “You enter the yard from a wide unpaved roadway, pushing at a large zinc door that opens on to a square fenced-off compound.” 1 This is part of Maureen Warner-Lewis’s narration of an extraordinary interview conducted with Kumina spiritual leader Imogene “Queenie” Kennedy in 1971...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 99–109.
Published: 01 March 2017
... of the attributes that normally surround Yemayá in the Santería iconography, but at the same time it is also a symbol in Christianity and a totemic animal in certain African traditions. Yemayá's robe is decorated with a number of fish as well as two mermaids and the Kongo cosmogram of the four moments of the sun...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 134–154.
Published: 01 November 2011
... with their serviteurs on slave ships from Kongo and Dahomey (inter alia)—in ball gowns, sashes, epaulets, and tiaras raided from the wardrobes of colonial Saint-Domingue. Pierre poses them in Lavilokan (the City of Camps), a divine Versailles whose lush foliage has all but disappeared from Haiti...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 150–159.
Published: 01 July 2010
..., inventing our own imaginary islands. We, the disenfranchised, fragmented, and marginalized youth—the black, brown, and beige vanguard learning the ancient codes, speaking a new patois: racialized shape-shifters, reinventing a new black identity. In 1483 the Portuguese sailed into the Kongo...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 154–162.
Published: 01 July 2022
... human beings. Tía destroyed that telegram, obliterated it and all that it stood for. It became part of her. My Tía, along with my great-grandmother Petra, for whom I am named, and my grandmother, practiced espiritismo , a Puerto Rican religious practice rooted in Kongo epistemologies and traditions...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 132–141.
Published: 01 March 2020
... more about the weakening of African political institutions, see Anne Hilton, The Kingdom of Kongo (New York: Clarendon, 1985); John K. Thornton, The Kingdom of Kongo: Civil War and Transition, 1641–1718 (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1983); Joseph C. Miller, Way of Death: Merchant...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 123–140.
Published: 01 July 2014
... a slave provenance, since the cult of the twins has long been so popular among the Kongo and Yoruba peoples—ethnic groups prominent during the eighteenth-century slave trade to Hispaniola—the powers of twins appear to have melded with those of the zemis of the Taínos: spirits that hover between...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (2): 109–123.
Published: 01 September 2005
... by the appearance on the scene of Niambo, about whom Donald Cosentino writes: In this painted tableau, a prostrate Titid (as Aristide is aff ectionately known) lies sprawled before the putschist generals, separated by the tragicomic form of Niambo, the Kongo personifi cation...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 103–113.
Published: 01 March 2014
... Republic, biracial children were called ngba-kongo (stay-in-the-Congo). 25 Yet, in Benítez-Rojo's dark horse poetics, a family romance in which a Cuban writer claiming filiation to and maternal protection from “two old black women” is possible, although he does claim these women malgré elles...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 95–107.
Published: 01 July 2014
...: Ministerio de Cultura, 2005); James Sweet, Recreating Africa: Culture, Kinship, and Religion in the African-Portuguese World, 1441–1770 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003); Jason R. Young, Rituals of Resistance: African Atlantic Religion in Kongo and the Lowcountry South in the Era...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 185–199.
Published: 01 July 2009
... connections) as, say, African, Kongo, Fon, Ewe, or something else? 194  |  African American Memory at the Crossroads: Grounding the Miraculous with Tooy questions about the experience of Africans and their descendants in the Americas—including the fundamentally important...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 119–143.
Published: 01 March 2012
...: Metapictures and the Discourse of Violence in Caribbean Art inside of the frame: skulls and crossbones, the crescent moon, snakes, primordial lizards, crosses, and sunbursts. In Kongo cosmology, many of these symbols mark the painting as a point of transition, a crossroad between...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (3 (69)): 31–51.
Published: 01 November 2022
... Africans (Kongo), and got his first insight into African character and Negro dialect.” 19 Ascending the administrative ranks, he continued to work among the colony’s various colonized groups. His obituary claims that “he spoke the various Indian languages as fluently as the tribesmen, and was as well...