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Creolisation, Modernity and Religious Beliefs on Reunion Island

Srilata Ravi University of Alberta

Andre Mary (2000) in his work on popular religions in Africa suggests that syncretic forms of religions present a type of resistance to modernity and to the proselytising practices of Christian missionaries. This study, while acknowledging that syncretic religions are forms of resistance in some cases, questions the generalising tendency of this assumption by looking at representations of creolised religious practices within a secular state, the overseas French department of Reunion in the Indian Ocean. 

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