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Voodoo refers to syncretic religious practices developed by Caribbean slaves who took spiritual traditions from their native Africa and merged them with elements of Christianity and other faiths.
With her in mind, Ms. Shyu set about culling folkloric tales from traditions across East and Southeast Asia, and created her own syncretic saga for the present day.
Troy Andrews, known as Trombone Shorty, is an ambassador for New Orleans music who’s ready to handle the syncretic impulse that guides both pop musicians and world-class improvisers today.
This is difficult in India’s notoriously diverse amalgam, and so the ideologues of Hindutva have appealed to a primordial Vedic past, prior to the arrival of the Mughals, in a bid to negate the Hindu faith’s plurality and syncretic history.
Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, has a constitution that recognizes other major religions, and practices a syncretic form of Islam that draws on not just the faith’s tenets but local spiritual and cultural traditions.
Pastor Robert Soto, the Native American head of the McAllen Grace Brethren Church in Texas, asserts the right to use eagle feathers in his syncretic religious services.
Here was the syncretic style of old Hong Kong refined for an international audience.
The book is an effortful reference for how New York morphed from a syncretic collection of diasporas into a bland sovereignty of the mega-rich.
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Syncretic has its roots in an ancient alliance. It's a descendant of the Greek word synkrētismos, meaning "federation of Cretan cities-syn- means "together," with, and Krēt- means "Cretan." The adjective first appeared in English in the mid-19th century, and the related noun "syncretism" debuted over 200 years earlier. "Syncretic" retains the idea of coalition and appears in such contexts as "syncretic religions," "syncretic societies," and even "syncretic music," all describing things influenced by two or more styles or traditions. The word also has a specific application in linguistics, where it refers to a fusion of grammatical forms.
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