Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn, With a New Foreword by Claudine Michel / Edition 3

Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn, With a New Foreword by Claudine Michel / Edition 3

by Karen McCarthy Brown
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520268105

ISBN-13: 9780520268104

Pub. Date: 04/05/2011

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 35 year long friendship with Mama Lola, a Vodou priestess, Karen McCarthy Brown tells tales spanning five generations of Vodou healers in Mama Lola's family, beginning with

Overview


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 35 year long friendship 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 ending with Claudine Michel's account of working with Mama Lola after the Haitian earthquake. 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 mending broken relationships between the living, the dead, and the Vodou spirits.

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 urban Haitian women exercise in the home and in the Vodou temple.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520268104
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/05/2011
Series:
Comparative Studies in Religion and Society Series
Edition description:
With a New Foreword by Claudine Michel
Pages:
472
Sales rank:
427,746
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword to the 2010 Edition
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. Sojeme, Sojeme
10. Danbala
11. Plenty Confidence
12. Gede
Afterword

Glossary of Haitian Creole Terms
Bibliography
Index

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