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Pocomania
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pocomania (n.) - internal linkecstatic, 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."


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Pocomania was one of a number of independent revivalist churches that sprung up during Jamaica's "Great Awakening" of the 1860s, churches which exuberantly internal linkfused 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 internal linkdance counter-clockwise to powerful internal linkdrums while breathing very deeply; this "trumping" would sometimes brings on possession—the "little madness" that lent the church its name.
 - Erik Davis - internal link_Dub, Scratch, and the Black Star_
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