• Rogério Brittes Pires
Palavras-chave: Saamaka, Maroons, Cristianismo, Espíritos vingativos, Crença


Resumo: Uma reflexão sobre a interação entre o cristianismo e outras práticas e saberes mágico-religiosos afro-americanos, na aldeia maroon saamaka Botopási, no Alto Suriname. Ao buscar entender como a filosofia moral saamaka lida com graves crimes como o assassinato, é aberta uma discussão sobre a agência sobrenatural do Deus criador, dos espíritos vingativos conhecidos como kúnu, das receitas mágicas chamadas óbia e de outras entidades e divindades. A importância da noção de crença, aparece com vigor neste pensamento, bem como uma visão particular da temporalidade e da intencionalidade das ações humanas e não-humanas.Abstract: A small reflection on the interaction between Christianity and other African-American magico-religious practices and knowledges in Botopási, a saamaka maroon village in Upper Suriname. While trying to understand how saamaka moral philosophy deals with serious crimes such as murder, we arrive in a debate on the supernatural agency of God, of the avenging spirits known as kúnu, of magical formulae called óbia and of other deities and entities. The idea of belief is key in this system of thought, as is a particular vision of temporality and intentionality of human and non-human actions. 


ALBITROUW, I. Tori foe da bigin foe Anake: Verslag van een Messianistische Beweging. Bronnen voor de Studie van Bosneger Samenlevingen, Utrecht: Inst. Cult. Antropologie, v. 2, 1978.

BEET, C. People in Between: The Matawai Maroons of Suriname. Meppel: Krips Repro, 1981.

BEET, C.; THODEN VAN VELZEN, H. U. E. Bush Negro Prophetic Movements: Religions of Despair? Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, v. 133 (1), p. 100-135, 1977.

BILBY, K.M. The Remaking of the Aluku: Culture, Politics and Maroon Ethnicity on French South America. Dissertation (Ph.D) - Johns Hopkins University, 1990.

GROOT, S.W. Agents of their own Emancipation: Topics in the History of Surinam Maroons. Amsterdam: Eigen beheer, 2009.

HERSKOVITS, M.J.; HERSKOVITS, F.S. Rebel Destiny: Among the Bush Negroes of Dutch Guiana. New York: McGraw Hill, 1934.

HERSKOVITS, M.J.; HERSKOVITS, F.S. Surinam Folk-lore. New York: Columbia University Press, 1936.

KING, J. Life at Maripaston. Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenstudie, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, v. 64, 1973.

KÖBBEN, A.J.F. Unity and Disunity: Coticca Djuka Society as a Kinship System. Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, v. 123 (1), p. 10-52, 1973

KÖBBEN, A.J.F. Continuity in Change: Cottica Djuka Society as a Changing System. Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, v. 124 (1), p. 56-90, 1968.

KÖBBEN, A.J.F. Classificatory Kinship and Classificatory Status: The Cottica Djuka of Surinam. Man, New Series, v. 4 (2), p. 236-249, 1969.

LENOIR, J. D. The Paramacca Maroons: A Study in Religious Acculturation. Dissertation (Ph.D) – New School for Social Research, 1973.

PARRIS, J. Interroger les Morts: Essai sur le Dynamisme Politique des Noirs Marrons Ndjuka du Surinam et de la Guyane. Matoury: Ibis Rouge, 2011.

PRICE, R. Saramaka Social Structure: Analysis of a Maroon Society in Surinam. San Juan: Institute of Caribbean Studies, University of Puerto Rico, 1975.

PRICE, R. First-Time: The Historical Vision of an Afro-American People. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983.

PRICE, R. Alabi's World. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991.

PRICE, R. Travels with Tooy: History, Memory and the African American Imagination. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2008.

PRICE, R. Rainforest Warriors: Human Rights on Trial. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.

PRICE, R; PRICE, Sally. Two Evenings in Saramaka. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991.

PRICE, Sally. Co-Wives and Calabashes. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1984.

RENSELAAR, H. C.; VOORHOEVE, Jan. Messianism and Nationalism in Surinam. Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Landen Volkenkunde, v. 118 (1), p. 193-216, 1962.

THODEN VAN VELZEN, H.U.E.; WETERING, W. The Great Father and the Danger: Religious Cults, Material Forces and Collective Fantasies in The World of the Surinamese Maroons. Dordrecht: Foris, 1988.

THODEN VAN VELZEN, H.U.E.; WETERING, W. In The Shadow of the Oracle: Religion as Politics in a Suriname Maroon Society. Long Grove: Waveland, 2004.

VERNON, D. Les Representations du Corps chez les Noirs Marrons Ndjuka du Suriname. Paris: Orstom, 1992.

VOORHOEVE, J. The Obiaman and his Influence in the Moravian Parish. Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, v. 139 (4), p. 411-420, 1983.

Dossiê Escravidão, Resistência e Pós-abolição