Wednesday, 19 December 2012

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In parts of the Caribbean where Obeah existed slaves were taken from a variety of African nations with differing spiritual practices and religions, it is from these arrivals and their spiritualisms that Obeah originates. The theory of origin that is most accepted and is supported by the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute database[4] traces obeah to the dibia or obia (Igbo: doctoring)[5] traditions of the Igbo people.[6][7] Specialists in Obia (also spelled Obea) were known as Ndi Obia (Igbo: Obia people) and practised the same activities as the obeah men and women of the Caribbean like predicting the future and manufacturing charms.[1][8] Among the Igbo there were oracles known as ọbiạ which were said to be able to talk.[9] Parts of the Caribbean where Obeah was most active imported a large amount of its slaves from the Igbo dominated Bight of Biafra.[4]

In another theory, the Efik language is the root of obeah where the word obeah comes from the Efik ubio meaning 'a bad omen'.[10] The last theory of the origin of Obeah lies with the Ashanti who called their priests practices Obayifo (Akan: witchcraft).[11] There is also evidence of Akan names among Obeah men of the Caribbean in the 17th and 18th centuries.[4] The Akan origin of Obeah has been criticised by several writers with an Igbo origin thought to be more likely.[12] However, in colonies where Bight of Biafra slaves were less represented and Akan were plenty (Suriname and Guyana) Obeah is thought to be more of a mixture of Akan beliefs.[4]

Obeah came to mean any physical object, such as a talisman or charm, that was used for evil magical purposes.[13] Obeah incorporated various beliefs from the religions of later migrants to the colonies it was present. Obeah also influenced other religions in the Caribbean, e.g. Christianity which incorporated some Obeah beliefs
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