Voodoo in Haiti

Voodoo in Haiti

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Voodoo in Haiti by Alfred Metraux

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805208948
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1989
Edition description: REISSUE
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 7.98(h) x 1.07(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Foreword15
1The History of Voodoo
Origins and History of the Voodoo Cults25
2The Social Framework of Voodoo
I.The Social Framework of Voodoo58
II.Voodoo Clergy and Cult-groups61
III.The Sanctuaries77
3The Supernatural World
I.Gods and Spirits in Haitian Voodoo82
II.The Power of the Loa95
III.The Voodoo Pantheon100
IV.Possession120
V.Epiphany of the Gods141
VI.Dreams143
VII.The Cult of Twins146
VIII.Animist Beliefs153
4Ritual
I.Ritual157
II.The Ritual Salutations158
III.The Flag Parade160
IV.Invocation Formulae161
V.The Libations162
VI.Orientation Rites162
VII.Material Representations of Divinity163
VIII.The Sacrifice168
IX.Offerings176
X.Music and Dance177
XI.Initiation Rites in Haitian Voodoo192
XII.Mystical Marriage in Voodoo212
XIII.The Conjuring up of Loa219
XIV.The Feast of Yams224
XV.Voodoo Christmas in Haiti226
XVI.The Cult of the Dead243
5Magic and Sorcery
I.Magic and Sorcery266
II.The Societies of Sorcerers292
III.White Magic305
IV.Ordeals319
V.Divination320
6Voodoo and Christianity
Voodoo and Christianity323
Conclusion359
Notes367
Glossary373
Bibliography379
Index391

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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.