Osun across the Waters

Osun across the Waters : A Yoruba Goddess in Africa and the Americas

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Osun is a brilliant deity whose imagery and worldwide devotion demand broad and deep scholarly reflection. Contributors to the ground-breaking Africa's Ogun, edited by Sandra Barnes (Indiana University Press, 1997), explored the complex nature of Ogun, the orisa who transforms life through iron and technology. Osun across the Waters continues this exploration of Yoruba religion by documenting Osun religion. Osun presents a dynamic example of the resilience and renewed importance of traditional Yoruba images in negotiating spiritual experience, social identity, and political power in contemporary Africa and the African diaspora.The 17 contributors to Osun across the Waters delineate the special dimensions of Osun religion as it appears through multiple disciplines in multiple cultural contexts. Tracing the extent of Osun traditions takes us across the waters and back again. Osun traditions continue to grow and change as they flow and return from their sources in Africa and the Americas.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 22mm | 458.13g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 44 b&w photos, 3 maps, 18 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253214599
  • 9780253214591
  • 1,666,564

About Joseph M. Murphy

Joseph Murphy is associate professor in the Theology Department at Georgetown University. He is the author of Santeria: An African Religion in North America and Working the Spirit: Ceremonies of the African Diaspora.Mei-Mei Sanford received her doctorate in Religion and Society from Drew University. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Nigeria. She currently does research in Nigeria and in African-American and Yoruba expatriate religious communities in the United States.show more

Table of contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:IllustrationsPrefaceOrthography1 Introduction:Joseph M. Murphy and Mei-Mei Sanford2 Hidden Power: Osun the Seventeenth OduRowland Abiodun3 A River of Many Turns: the Polysemy of Ochun in Afro-Cuban TraditionIsabel Castellanos4 Orisa Osun: Yoruba Sacred Kingship and Civil Religion in Osogbo, NigeriaJacob Olupona5 Nesta Cidade Todo Mundo E D'Oxum, In This City Everyone is Oxum'sIeda M. R. dos Santos6 Mae MenininhaManuel Vega 7 Yeye Cachita: Ochun in a Cuban MirrorJoseph M. Murphy8 Oshun Brass: An Insight into Yoruba Religious SymbologyC.O. Adepegba9 Overflowing with Beauty: Ochun Altars in Lucumi AestheticsYsamur Flores-Pena10 Authority and Discourse in the Orin Odun OsunDiedre Badejo11 The Bag of Wisdom: Osun and the Origins of Ifa Divination'Wande Abimbola12 Ochun in the Bronx George Brandon13 What Part of the River You're In: African American Women in Devotion to OsunRachel Elizabeth Harding14 Eerindinlogun: the Seeing Eyes of Sacred Shells and StonesDavid Ogungbile15 Mama Oxum: Reflections of Gender and Sexuality in Brazilian UmbandaLindsay Hale16 An Oxum Shelters Children in Sao PauloTania Cypriano17 Living Water: Osun, Mami Wata, and Olokun in the Lives of Four Contemporary Nigerian Christian WomenMei-Mei Sanford18 Orchestration of the Waters and the Breeze: the Emblems of Oshun in Atlantic PerspectiveRobert Farris Thompson ContributorsIndexshow more

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