Winti, the 16th-century African religion that survived a 100-year ban by the Dutch in Suriname

The Winti Traditional Religion, a purely African religion, was started around the 16th century by enslaved Africans taken from West Africa into Suriname, which was by then a Dutch Colony.

In 1667, Suriname officially became a colony under the Dutch after several disputes with the British who also had a grounded settlement and trading businesses on the land. After the Dutch successfully took over the lands, they immediately started a heavy slave trading business.

The traders preferred West African slaves mainly because weather conditions in the new colony were very similar to West Africa’s, meaning that the captured people could adapt easily and that they were mentally and physically stronger, could work for longer hours and hardly fell sick.

Winti Traditional Religious…

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