These posts explore the histories of some of the most interesting or significant cases that we have found. Primary sources relating to hundreds more can be explored at Caribbean Religious Trials. The histories are presented here in the order in which we post them, but you can also explore them in date order through the timeline, or geographically via the map. We periodically add new cases. Subscribe to the site to make sure you get updates.
The ‘Woman of the Popo Country’, Jamaica, 1770s
One of the most frequently repeated stories about the practice of obeah—at least in printed sources–first appeared in material presented to the British parliament in the late eighteenth century. The story, which we refer to as that of the ‘Woman of the Popo Country’ was much re-used and re-told in later generations. The story was […]