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Voodoo in Haiti

Voodoo in Haiti

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Voodoo in Haiti is a masterwork of observation and description by one of the most distinguished anthropologists of the twentieth century. Alfred Métraux (1902–1963) has written a rich and lasting study of the lives and rituals of the Haitian mambos and adepts, and of the history and origins of their religion. It is an accurate and

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Voodoo in Haiti is a masterwork of observation and description by one of the most distinguished anthropologists of the twentieth century. Alfred Métraux (1902–1963) has written a rich and lasting study of the lives and rituals of the Haitian mambos and adepts, and of the history and origins of their religion. It is an accurate and engaging account of one of the most fascinating and misunderstood cultures in the world.
 
Translated by Hugo Charteris
Introduction by Sidney W. Mintz

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“Métraux’s book is a landmark in the serious study of Afro-Atlantic religion. The breadth and subtlety of its approach is such that it remains an essential classic of Afro-American ethnology.” —Robert Farris Thompson, professor of art history, Yale University, author of Flash of the Spirit
 
“This is a work deserving of wide-readership, and assured of it by its understanding and appeal.” —Library Journal
 
“This book gives what is surely the most authoritative general account of that complex of belief and practice called vaudoo available in literature. . . . No other observer of vaudoo has contributed to its study the exquisite documentation of detail that marks the work of Alfred Métraux.” —Sidney W. Mintz, professor of anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805208948
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1989
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
764,981
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

ALFRED MÉTRAUX was a Swiss anthropologist, ethnologist and human rights leader. A dedicated humanitarian, he brought the brilliance of South American Indian cultures to light, solved the mysteries of Easter Island, taught the world about voodoo, and defined the United Nations' stand against racism. Winner of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, his books include Voodoo in Haiti, The History of the Incas and Easter Island. At the time of his death, he was Professor of South American Anthropology at the École Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris.

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A masterpiece by the foremost scholar of S. American Indians. Author combines in-depth historical research with modern anthropology to depict the tragic history of the Incas.