Haitian Vodou

Haitian Vodou : Spirit, Myth, and Reality

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Haitian Vodou breaks away from European and American heuristic models for understanding a religio-philosophical system such as Vodou in order to form new approaches with an African ethos. The contributors to this volume, all Haitians, examine the potentially radical and transformative possibilities of the religious and philosophical ideologies of Vodou and locate its foundations more clearly within an African heritage. Essays examine Vodou's roles in organizing rural resistance; forming political values for the transformation of Haiti; teaching social norms, values, and standards; influencing Haitian culture through art and music; merging science with philosophy, both theoretically and in the healing arts; and forming the Haitian "manbo," or priest.show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.7 x 15.2mm | 340.2g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 28 b&w illus.
  • 0253218535
  • 9780253218537
  • 1,502,085

About Patrick Bellegarde-Smith

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith is Professor of Africology at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is author of Haiti: The Beached Citadel and In the Shadow of Powers: Dantes Bellegarde in Haitian Social Thought, and editor of Fragments of Bone: Neo-African Religions in the New World. He is a houngan asogwe, a priest of Vodou.Claudine Michel is Professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is author of Aspects Educatifs et Moraux du Vodou Haitien and co-author of Theories du Developpement de l'Enfant: Etudes Comparatives. She edits the Journal of Haitian Studies.show more

Table of contents

ContentsIntroduction Patrick Bellegarde-Smith and Claudine Michel1. Vodun and Social Transformation in the African Diasporic Experience: The Concept of Personhood in Haitian Vodun Religion Guerin C. Montilus2. Shadow-Matter Universes in Haitian and Dagara Ontologies: A Comparative Study Reginald O. Crosley3. Broken Mirrors: Mythos, Memories, and National History Patrick Bellegarde-Smith4. Of Worlds Seen and Unseen: The Educational Character of Haitian Vodou Claudine Michel5. Vodun, Music, and Society in Haiti: Affirmation and Identity Gerdes Fleurant6. Vodoun, Peasant Songs, and Political Organizing Renald Clerisme7. From the Horses' Mouths: Women's Words/Women's Worlds Claudine Michel, Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, and Marlene Racine-Toussaint8. Rainbow over Water: Art, Vodou Aestheticism, and Philosophy Marc A. Christophe9. A Reading of the Marasa Concept in Lilas Desquiron's Les Chemins de Loco-Miroir Florence Bellande-Robertson10. Herbs and Energy: The Holistic Medical System of the Haitian People Max-G. BeauvoirConclusion Patrick Bellegarde-Smith and Claudine MichelAppendix: Table of Haitian LwaBibliographyList of ContributorsIndexshow more

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