Definitions for obeahˈoʊ bi ə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obeah, obi(noun)

    (West Indies) followers of a religious system involving witchcraft and sorcery

  2. obeah, obi(noun)

    a religious belief of African origin involving witchcraft and sorcery; practiced in parts of the West Indies and tropical Americas

Wiktionary

  1. obeah(Noun)

    A form of folk magic, medicine or witchcraft originating in Africa and practiced in parts of the Caribbean.

  2. Origin: Origin uncertain. Apparently from a Caribbean creole, probably ultimately from a West African language. The OED points to abià, obìa.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obeah(noun)

    same as Obi

  2. Obeah(adj)

    of or pertaining to obi; as, the obeah man

Freebase

  1. Obeah

    Obeah is a term used in the West Indies to refer to folk magic, sorcery, and religious practices derived from West African, and specifically Igbo origin. Obeah is similar to other African derived religions including Palo, Voodoo, Santería, rootwork, and most of all hoodoo. Obeah is practiced in Suriname, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Guyana, Barbados, Grenada, Belize, The Bahamas and other Caribbean countries. Obeah is associated with both benign and malignant magic, charms, luck, and with mysticism in general. In some Caribbean nations, Obeah refers to folk religions of the African diaspora. In some cases, aspects of these folk religions have survived through syncretism with Christian symbolism and practice introduced by European colonials and slave owners. Casual observation may conclude that Christian symbolism is incorporated into Obeah worship, but in fact may represent clandestine worship and religious protest. During slavery, Obeah was directed against the European slave masters. However, with the rise of Christianity, Obeah is considered a taboo, and the term has pejorative associations.


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