328 pp., 7 x 10, 37 color plates., 3 drawings, 89 halftones, 1 map, notes, index
Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press
Awards & distinctions
2015 Award for Best First Book in the History of Religions, American Academy of Religion
2017 Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award, Arts Council of the African Studies Association
2015 Albert J. Raboteau Book Prize, Journal of Africana Religions
Finalist, 2015 Melville J. Herskovits Award, African Studies Association
The African kingdom’s elite independently and gradually intertwined old and new, local and foreign religious thought, political concepts, and visual forms to mold a novel and constantly evolving Kongo Christian worldview. Fromont sheds light on the cross-cultural exchanges between Africa, Europe, and Latin America that shaped the early modern world, and she outlines the religious, artistic, and social background of the countless men and women displaced by the slave trade from central Africa to all corners of the Atlantic world.