Vodou, Santería, and Candomblé: Afro-European Religous Encounters in the Caribbean and Latin America was session number three of a four session series to introduce Latin American themes and help teachers integrate area studies across the curriculum. The presentation by Dr.Murray discussed the beliefs and rituals of several Caribbean and Latin American Religions that have combined African and Christian elements, and discusses how they are feared, scorned, and/or dismissed as devil worship by mainstream Christian religions.

Date: May 3, 2011

About the Presenter
Professor Murray is a Cultural Anthropologist on the faculty of UF’s Department of Anthropology. He received his B.A. from Harvard and his Ph.D. from Columbia. He has done lengthy fieldwork in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and has done briefer fieldwork in several Central American and South American countries, in West Africa, in the Indian Ocean, and most recently in the Mid-East (Israel and Palestine). An important research focus in both his Caribbean and Mid-East research has been religion and religious conflict. He has studied 16 languages, including Spanish and Haitian Creole. Among the courses which he teaches at the University of Florida are the Anthropology of the Caribbean, the Anthropology of Religion, the Anthropology of Judaism, and the Anthropology of Religious Violence.

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