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Karen McCarthy Brown's classic book shatters stereotypes of Vodou by offering an intimate portrait of African-based religion in everyday life. She explores the importance of women's religious practices along with related themes of family and of social change. Weaving several of her own voices—analytic, descriptive, and personal—with the voices of her subjects in alternate chapters of traditional ethnography and ethnographic fiction, Brown presents herself as a character in Mama Lola's world and allows the reader to evaluate her interactions there. Startlingly original, Brown's work endures as an important experiment in ethnography as a social art form rooted in human relationships. A new preface, epilogue, bibliography, and a collection of family photographs tell the story of the effect of the book's publication on Mama Lola's life.
Preface to the 2001 Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1. Joseph Binbin Mauvant
3. Raise That Woman's Petticoat
5. The Baka Made from Jealousy
7. Dreams and Promises
9. Sojème, Sojème
11. Plenty Confidence
Glossary of Haitian Creole Terms
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)
Posted January 25, 2013
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