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pocomania (n.) - ecstatic,
revivalist, Afro-Christian religious movement usually attributed to Spanish
"pocomania" - little madness. This derivation is questioned by some scholars
who attribute it to Twi origins: "po" - small, and "Kumina" - dance of
ancestral possession, therefore, "small Kumina."
Pocomania was one of a number
of independent revivalist churches that sprung up during Jamaica's "Great
Awakening" of the 1860s, churches which exuberantly fused
African and Protestant performance styles, images, and traditions. Pocomania
leaned to the African side of things, its Pentecostal-style services owing
an obvious debt to African possession ceremonies. Worshippers would dance
counter-clockwise to powerful drums
while breathing very deeply; this "trumping" would sometimes brings on
possession—the "little madness" that lent the church its name.
- Erik Davis - _Dub,
Scratch, and the Black Star_