Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn / Edition 1

Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn / Edition 1

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by Karen McCarthy Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520224752

ISBN-13: 9780520224759

Pub. Date: 12/04/2001

Publisher: University of California Press

Vodou is among the most misunderstood and maligned of the world's religions. Mama Lola shatters the stereotypes by offering an intimate portrait of Vodou in everyday life. Drawing on a decade-long friship with Mama Lola, a Vodou priestess, Karen McCarthy Brown tells tales spanning five generations of Vodou healers in Mama Lola's family, beginning with an African…  See more details below

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Vodou is among the most misunderstood and maligned of the world's religions. Mama Lola shatters the stereotypes by offering an intimate portrait of Vodou in everyday life. Drawing on a decade-long friship with Mama Lola, a Vodou priestess, Karen McCarthy Brown tells tales spanning five generations of Vodou healers in Mama Lola's family, beginning with an African ancestor and ing with Mama Lola's daughter Maggie, a recent initiate and the designated heir to her Brooklyn-based healing practice. Out of these stories, in which dream and vision flavor everyday experience and the Vodou spirits guide decision making, Vodou emerges as a religion focused on healing brought about by ming broken relationships between the living, the dead, and the Vodou spirits. Mama Lola is also an important experiment in feminist ethnographic writing designed to address current questions in the field. Brown begins with the assumption that ethnography is not so much a science as a social art form rooted in human relationships, and as such it is open to moral and aesthetic questions as well as to those more routinely addressed to it. Weaving several of her own voices—analytic, descriptive, and personal—with the voices of her subjects in alternate chapters of straightforward ethnography and ethnographic fiction, Brown presents herself as a character in Mama Lola's world and allows the reader to evaluate her interactions there. Mama Lola's story thus rises from a chorus of equally authoritative voices. Deeply exploring the role of women in religious practices and the related themes of family and of religion and social change, Brown provides a rich context in which to understand the authority that urbanHaitian womenexercise in the home and in the Vodou temple. A broad range of general readers and scholars will find insights and new understandings in this startlingly original work.

Author Biography: Karen McCarthy Brown is Professor of the Sociology and Anthropology of Religion at the Graduate and Theological Schools of Drake University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520224759
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/04/2001
Series:
Comparative Studies in Religion and Society Series
Edition description:
First Edition, Updated and Expanded Edition
Pages:
447
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Preface to the 2001 Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction
1. Joseph Binbin Mauvant
2. Azaka
3. Raise That Woman's Petticoat
4. Ogou
5. The Baka Made from Jealousy
6. Kouzinn
7. Dreams and Promises
8. Ezili
9. Sojème, Sojème
10. Danbala
11. Plenty Confidence
12. Gede
Afterword
Glossary of Haitian Creole Terms
Bibliography
Index

What is new in this edition? Preface to the 2001 Edition; Afterword; more substantial Bibliography; and 21 photographs of Mama Lola and her family (no photographs were printed in the first edition)

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