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The Experiential Caribbean

Creating Knowledge and Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic

Pablo F. Gómez

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Geschichte

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Opening a window on a dynamic realm far beyond imperial courts, anatomical theaters, and learned societies, Pablo F. Gomez examines the strategies that Caribbean people used to create authoritative, experientially based knowledge about the human body and the natural world during the long seventeenth century. Gomez treats the early modern intellectual culture of these mostly black and free Caribbean communities on its own merits and not only as it relates to well-known frameworks for the study of science and medicine.

Drawing on an array of governmental and ecclesiastical sources—notably Inquisition records—Gomez highlights more than one hundred black ritual practitioners regarded as masters of healing practices and as social and spiritual leaders. He shows how they developed evidence-based healing principles based on sensorial experience rather than on dogma. He elucidates how they nourished ideas about the universality of human bodies, which contributed to the rise of empirical testing of disease origins and cures. Both colonial authorities and Caribbean people of all conditions viewed this experiential knowledge as powerful and competitive. In some ways, it served to respond to the ills of slavery. Even more crucial, however, it demonstrates how the black Atlantic helped creatively to fashion the early modern world.

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Atlantic History of Medicine and Science, Caribbean History Seventeenth century, Ritual Practitioners Africa, History of Colombia, Atlantic History of the Body, History of early modern Ontology in the Atlantic, Early Modern History of the Senses, Sorcery Caribbean, History of Caribbean Medicine and Science, African Diaspora intellectual history, Circulation of Knowledge in the Early modern Atlantic, Inquisition Latin America, History of Slavery in the Atlantic, History of Hospitals in the Caribbean, Early modern epistemology in the Atlantic, Early Modern History of Corporeality, Medicine and Slavery, History of Drug/Botany, History of Atlantic Healing, History of the Caribbean African Diaspora, History of Iberian Atlantic, History of Caribbean Healing, Havana, Cuba, History of Cuba, History of Slavery in the Caribbean, History of African Health and Healing, History of Empiricism, Ritual Practitioners Caribbean, Caribbean Natural History, Early Modern History of Science, Caribbean History of the Body, Cartagena de Indias, History of Disease in the Caribbean, Atlantic Natural History, History of Early modern Atlantic Africa