The Caribbean Dictionary

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A lead character in folk tales. He is depicted as a trickster and cultural hero. He is based largely on the spider gods of African...
Folk tale with the trickster Ananci as the lead character.
Ghost or spirit of a dead person or animal
Ghost or spirit of a dead person or animal
To provide spiritual or physical healing in an obeah ritual.
Any of several oils used for physical healing, spiritual healing, or other purposes as part of an obeah ritual.
The tree under which one's umbilical cord is buried at birth
A miniature man, roughly 2 feet tall, brought into being on Good Friday to do the evil bidding of his summoner. According to legend,...
A lead character in folk tales. He is depicted as a trickster and cultural hero. He is based largely on the spider gods of African...
A variant of jonkunnu
A ritual bath of herbs prescribed or administered by a obeah practicioner. It is usually intended to ward off illness or bad luck
The evil spirit of a woman who died during childbirth
One who is possessed by a loa (spirit) during a Vodou ritual.
A mythical half woman, half cow being used to scare children into behaving themselves
A ritual ceremony involving dance and drumming to summon spirits which then possess the participants.
An indigenous Jamaican cultural form comprising religion, dance, and music based on African traditions. It is known for lively...
A short, squat forest spirit that protects treasures of gold.
A day walking duppy or spirit
An occult practice in which participants make deals with evil supernatural entities in order to achieve financial or other forms of...
A folk song and dance ritual of African origins. The ritual is traditionally performed for the families of a recently deceased person.
The Vodun Festival of the Dead, marked on November 2nd anually.
gombey
A street parade of African Origin that links music, dance, symbols and mime-style plays.
A lead character in folk tales. He is depicted as a trickster and cultural hero. He is based largely on the spider gods of African...
john canoe
A street parade of African Origin that links music, dance, symbols and mime-style plays.
johnkankus
A street parade of African Origin that links music, dance, symbols and mime-style plays.
johnkunnu
A street parade of African Origin that links music, dance, symbols and mime-style plays.
jonkanoo
A street parade of African Origin that links music, dance, symbols and mime-style plays.
A ritual ceremony involving dance and drumming to summon spirits which then possess the participants.
junkanoo
A street parade of African Origin that links music, dance, symbols and mime-style plays.
A vengeful or justice dispensing spirit.

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