Impact of Religion on Social Relations, in a Named

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NAME: Kevin Bislal
SCHOOL: A.S.J.A. Boys’ College San Fernando
CLASS: Form 5BS2
SUBJECT: History
YEAR: 2010
QUESTION: Discuss the impact of religion on social relations, in a named British territory between 1838 to 1962.

Religion has affected social relations in Trinidad before and after Emancipation. During the last years of slavery, missionaries began to arrive in the island converted the enslaved to Christianity. After Emancipation, the Baptist belief was adopted during enslavement and it was continued when they left the British religious organization. The ex-enslaved erected local churches such as Revivalism. This form of Afro-Christians derived from strong Christian influences for faith healing, which also met the needs of people for comfort and support in illnesses with the use of herbal medicine. The dominant religion was Shangoism where Christian’s concepts and figures were gradually added but it is an African religion. Shangoism frightened most of the population because of the drumming, dancing and functions. It is compared to Anglicans and Baptists which are more accepted forms of religion as oppose to Shangoism. Rastafarianism which was adopted in Jamaica soon spread throughout the Caribbean. It began as a religious cult with the worship of Haile Selassie, who was the Emperor of Ethiopia, as the Messiah of the black race who would lead the blacks back to Africa. As it came to Trinidad it was not accepted because of the long “locks” they kept. They were also discriminated against since they smoked marijuana as part of their religion. The government saw this as illegal and they opposed to this thereby restricting this group to the lower social class. The Indian immigrants brought two religions; Hinduism and Islam, in Trinidad between 1838 and 1917. Although they were allowed to practice their religion because there was freedom of worship, they still met with social discrimination since these...
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