Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn, With a New Foreword by Claudine Michel / Edition 3 available in Paperback
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.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Series:||Comparative Studies in Religion and Society Series|
|Edition description:||Third Edition, With a New Foreword by Claudine Michel|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Karen McCarthy Brown is Professor Emerita of the Sociology and Anthropology of Religion at the Graduate and Theological Schools of Drew University. Claudine Michel is Professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Table of Contents
Foreword to the 2010 EditionPreface to the 2001 EditionPreface to the First Edition
Introduction1. Joseph Binbin Mauvant2. Azaka3. Raise that Woman's Petticoat4. Ogou5. The Baka Made from Jealousy6. Kouzinn7. Dreams and Promises8. Ezili9. Sojeme, Sojeme10. Danbala11. Plenty Confidence12. GedeAfterwordGlossary of Haitian Creole TermsBibliography