Moving far away from the conventional interpretations of syncretists
, a number of recent studies taking postmodernist stances read the confluences of contemporary Thai popular religion as a system of signification.
Religious groups in the country include Muslims, Christians, practitioners of traditional indigenous religions, syncretists
that practice a mixture of Christian and indigenous religions, and others.
Furthermore, Third World Christians (whether Protestant or Catholic) tend to be syncretists
, mixing Christian beliefs and practices with elements derived from ancient native religions--ancestor worship, animal sacrifices, spiritual healing, polygamy.
Such references were commonplace in the Renaissance, where syncretists
would see the similarities with the account in Genesis.
Hence, in each individual state Muslims, syncretists
, non-Muslims, Hausa and Fulani, as well as many other ethnic groups, were able to join Shehu Usman dan Fodio's flagbearers.
Of course, what that earns for Herrick is the common fate of syncretists
-- rejection by all parties.