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The language of the supernatural worl in St. Lucia
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En: LA TORRE / TERCERA EPOCA, 7 (25) jul-sep. 2002: 399-410.
Revista: La torre / Tercera época, año 7, núm. 25; jul-sep. 2002
Resumen: What is a ti bolonm? What does a ladjablès do? What are the differences between tjenbwa (obeah), gajé (witchcraft), zèb (white magic) and maji nwè (black magic)? Under what circumstances would you read a psalm on someones head? When do you perform a jès, and how would you do it? How does bush medicine (wimèd wazyé) relate to the supernatural? These and other question are explored in an introductory exposition of the supernatural world in St. Lucia and the Creole terminology associated with it. Insights shared in this paper come out of sixteen years of study in residence in St. Lucia with particular attention given to lexicography, belief systems and natural texts.
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The language of the supernatural worl in St. Lucia

What is a ti bolonm? What does a ladjablès do? What are the differences between tjenbwa (obeah), gajé (witchcraft), zèb (white magic) and maji nwè (black magic)? Under what circumstances would you read a psalm on someones head? When do you perform a jès, and how would you do it? How does bush medicine (wimèd wazyé) relate to the supernatural? These and other question are explored in an introductory exposition of the supernatural world in St. Lucia and the Creole terminology associated with it. Insights shared in this paper come out of sixteen years of study in residence in St. Lucia with particular attention given to lexicography, belief systems and natural texts.
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