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Black PrometheusRace and Radicalism in the Age of Atlantic Slavery$
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Jared Hickman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190272586

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190272586.001.0001

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Globalization and the Gods

Globalization and the Gods

A Theory of Race and—or as—Modernity

(p.33) 1 Globalization and the Gods
Black Prometheus

Jared Hickman

Oxford University Press

The experience of radically unforeseen plurality within the emergent singularity of a finite globe attendant upon 1492 facilitated a universal euhemerization (the theory that gods are the relics of a historical process of the divinization of culture heroes). Europeans, Africans, and Amerindians came to identify each other’s gods as avatars of the incipiently racialized zones of what was cohering as a planetary immanence. Post-1492 global cultural encounter thus enabled the apprehension of all gods as divinized by/as racialized human beings. This constitutes the ground zero not only of modern secularism but religion as well. Under these conditions, secularized gods like Prometheus could be resacralized on the basis of their georacial associations. Globalization should be considered not as coextensive with secularization but rather as a discrete process of immanentization that makes for undeniable differences between premodern and modern spiritual landscapes but also contradicts the decline-of-religion thesis.

Keywords:   globalization, secularization, colonialism, modernity, race, euhemerism, myth

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