This collection introduces readers to the history and practice of the Vodou religion, and corrects many misconceptions. The book focuses specifically on the role Vodou plays in Haiti, where it has its strongest following, examining its influence on spiritual beliefs, cultural practices, national identity, popular culture, writing and art.
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan US|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.03(d)|
About the Author
Claudine Michel is Professor of Black Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara and Editor, Jourbanal of Haitian Studies. Patrick Bellegarde-Smith is Professor of Africology, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
Table of ContentsIntroduction Afro-Caribbean Spirituality: A Hatian Case Study - Karen McCarthy Brown Voudou in Haiti: Way of Life and Mode of Survival - Claudine Michel African Interpretations of the Christian Vodou Cross - Leslie G. Desmangles Resisting Freedom: Cultural Factors in Democracy: The Case for Haiti - Patrick Bellegarde-Smith "The Jew" in the Haitian Imagination: Pre-Modern Anti-Judaism the Post-Modern Caribbean - Elizabeth A McAlister The Song of Freedom: Vodoun, Conscientization and Popular Culture in Haiti - Gerdes Fleurant Water in their Eyes, Dust on their Land: Heat and Illness in a Haitian Town - Pierre Minn "I am Going to See Where My Oungan Is": The Artistry of a Haitian Vodou Flagmaker - Anna Wexler How Hougans Use the Light from Distant Stars - LeGrace Benson The Haiti-New Orleans Vodou Connection: Zora Neale Hurston as Initiate Observer - Richard Brent Turner