Dutchman Ghosts and the History Mystery: Ritual, Colonizer, and Colonized Interpretations of the 1763 Berbice Slave Rebellion

  1. Yoke-Sum Wong and
  2. Derek Sayer
  1. Brackette F. Williams

Published Online: 17 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444309720.ch5

Twenty Years of the Challenging the Field, Volume 2

Twenty Years of the Challenging the Field, Volume 2

How to Cite

Williams, B. F. (2008) Dutchman Ghosts and the History Mystery: Ritual, Colonizer, and Colonized Interpretations of the 1763 Berbice Slave Rebellion, in Twenty Years of the Challenging the Field, Volume 2 (eds Y.-S. Wong and D. Sayer), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444309720.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 14 APR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405179348

Online ISBN: 9781444309720

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Keywords:

  • Berbice slave rebellion;
  • Dutchman ghosts;
  • treaty of Munster;
  • Anglo-Dutch war;
  • council of Justice;
  • power and social position;
  • spiritual power and historical specificity;
  • exorcism;
  • spirits and stereotypes

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Berbice: The Pre-Rebellion Era

  • “It Was a Horrible and Bloody, Bloody Time …”

  • The Origin and Spread of Dutchman Ghosts

  • Spiritual Power and Historical Specificity

  • “I Just Wanted to Help Her, You Fool!”

  • From Lord and Master to Master of the Evil Spirits

  • Spirits and Stereotypes: The Interfaces between the World of the Living and Dead

  • Contrasting Interpretations: Colonizing and Colonized Accounts

  • Conclusion

  • Bibliography