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Tukontology: How West African Sages Used Their Sciences to Beat Out Potent Forces in a British West Indian Auditorium

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Murray,Deryck (Author)
Format:
Journal Article
Publication Date:
2009 winter
Published:
Lanham, MD: Lexington Books
ISBN:
1091-5753
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Religion, African retentions, Power, Trust, Knowledge
Notes:
West African powers in the Caribbean have often been studied as important cultural and religious formations. This article treats them as ontological formations by collapsing the modern opposition between reason/knowledge and power/force. The distinction between the "knowing" West anchored in a unified scientific reason and the "believing" Rest who trust in many cultures is therefore refused. With the above prerequisite in mind, a new approach to creolization, termed "tukontology," is deployed to reveal a Kuhnian type paradigm shift in the war-medicine of blacks on British West Indian plantations between 1645 and emancipation in 1838.