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Vodou in Haitian Life and Culture: Invisible Powers Paperback – 28 Nov 2006


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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2006 ed. edition (28 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403971625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403971623
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
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"The collection makes a valuable contribution to the field, and it should draw much interest among scholars and students of Caribbean religions."--Eugenio Matibag, Iowa State University""Les invisibles" are the powers that have sustained Haitians through centuries of exploitation, impoverishment and terror. This collection of essays by leading scholars has the great merit of showing how Vodou works as a healing force that thoroughly penetrates Haitian culture and social life. From ritual temple to street festival, from song and dance to art and literature, from democracy to social justice, from Haiti to New Orleans, each essay addresses a different aspect of Vodou's living presence. Assembled together in this volume, they constitute a vital whole that provides broad access to a living religion and way of life that has all too often been maligned and misunderstood."--Patrick Taylor, Chair of the Division of Humanities, York University, and editor of "Nation Dance: Religion, Identity and Cultural Difference in the Caribbean""The essays of this exceptional volume throw clear, cool water on a parched terrain. Many readers will emerge from "Vodou in Haitian Life and Culture "with a fresh vision of the world's oldest--and most maligned--spirituality. The book's contributors, both budding and accomplished scholars from multiple disciplines, honor the Haitian people who bravely nurture Vodou and weave it through every strand of their lives. Ayibobo to Claudine Michel and Patrick Bellegarde-Smith!"--Lois Wilcken, Ph.D., author of "The Drums of Vodou"


"Les invisibles are the powers that have sustained Haitians through centuries of exploitation, impoverishment, and terror. This collection of essays by leading scholars has the great merit of showing how Vodou works as a healing force that thoroughly penetrates Haitian culture and social life. From ritual temple to street festival, from song and dance to art and literature, from democracy to social justice, from Haiti to New Orleans, each essay addresses a different aspect of Vodou's living presence. Assembled together in this volume, they constitute a vital whole that provides broad access to a living religion and way of life that has all too often been maligned and misunderstood." - Patrick Taylor, Chair of the Division of Humanities, York University, editor of Nation Dance: Religion, Identity and Cultural Difference in the Caribbean "The essays of this exceptional volume throw clear, cool water on a parched terrain. Many readers will emerge from Vodou in Haitian Life and Culture with a fresh vision of the world's oldest - and most maligned - spirituality. The book's contributors, both budding and accomplished scholars from multiple disciplines, honor the Haitian people who bravely nurture Vodou and weave it through every strand of their lives. Ayibobo to Claudine Michel and Patrick Bellegarde-Smith!" - Lois Wilcken, Ph.D., author of The Drums of Vodou "The collection makes a valuable contribution to the field, and it should draw much interest among scholars and students of Caribbean religions." - Eugenio Matibag, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Iowa State University

"Les invisibles are the powers that have sustained Haitians through centuries of exploitation, impoverishment, and terror. This collection of essays by leading scholars has the great merit of showing how Vodou works as a healing force that thoroughly penetrates Haitian culture and social life. From ritual temple to street festival, from song and dance to art and literature, from democracy to social justice, from Haiti to New Orleans, each essay addresses a different aspect of Vodou's living presence. Assembled together in this volume, they constitute a vital whole that provides broad access to a living religion and way of life that has all too often been maligned and misunderstood."

- Patrick Taylor, Chair of the Division of Humanities, York University, editor of Nation Dance: Religion, Identity and Cultural Difference in the Caribbean

"The essays of this exceptional volume throw clear, cool water on a parched terrain. Many readers will emerge from Vodou in Haitian Life and Culture with a fresh vision of the world's oldest - and most maligned - spirituality. The book's contributors, both budding and accomplished scholars from multiple disciplines, honor the Haitian people who bravely nurture Vodou and weave it through every strand of their lives. Ayibobo to Claudine Michel and Patrick Bellegarde-Smith!"

- Lois Wilcken, Ph.D., author of The Drums of Vodou

"The collection makes a valuable contribution to the field, and it should draw much interest among scholars and students of Caribbean religions."

- Eugenio Matibag, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Iowa State University

"Les invisibles are the powers that have sustained Haitians through centuries of exploitation, impoverishment, and terror. This collection of essays by leading scholars has the great merit of showing how Vodou works as a healing force that thoroughly penetrates Haitian culture and social life. From ritual temple to street festival, from song and dance to art and literature, from democracy to social justice, from Haiti to New Orleans, each essay addresses a different aspect of Vodou's living presence. Assembled together in this volume, they constitute a vital whole that provides broad access to a living religion and way of life that has all too often been maligned and misunderstood."

- Patrick Taylor, Chair of the Division of Humanities, York University, editor of Nation Dance: Religion, Identity and Cultural Difference in the Caribbean

"The essays of this exceptional volume throw clear, cool water on a parched terrain. Many readers will emerge from Vodou in Haitian Life and Culture with a fresh vision of the world's oldest - and most maligned - spirituality. The book's contributors, both budding and accomplished scholars from multiple disciplines, honor the Haitian people who bravely nurture Vodou and weave it through every strand of their lives. Ayibobo to Claudine Michel and Patrick Bellegarde-Smith!"

- Lois Wilcken, Ph.D., author of The Drums of Vodou

"The collection makes a valuable contribution to the field, and it should draw much interest among scholars and students of Caribbean religions."

- Eugenio Matibag, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Iowa State University

Synopsis

Tackling a wide range of Vodou practices and images, the essays in this collection introduce readers to the history and practice of the religion, and correct the many of the general misconceptions about Vodou. The book focuses specifically on the role Vodou plays in Haiti, the country in which it has its strongest following, examining the influence it has on spiritual beliefs, cultural practices, national identity, popular culture, writing and art.

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