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Voodoo: Mounted by the Gods Hardcover – 17 Sep 2003
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A glimpse into the world of Voodoo, this companion to a documentary by Wim Wenders presents photographs and film stills by celebrated photojournalist, Alberto Venzago. In 1988, Albert Venzago set out to cross Africa on a Vespa. After miles in the blistering heat, it broke down in a remote village in Benin. There he encountered Mahounon, one of the most influential voodoo priests of West Africa. Abandoning his planned trip, Venzago set out instead on an odyssey through the world of African voodoo, to which he and his camera gained extraordinary access. Venzago followed Mahounon with his camera for nearly ten years, filming secret Voodoo ceremonies and sacrificial rituals. He witnessed Mahounon's extraordinary search for a successor to lead the cult, and he watched as the anointed eleven-year old boy, Gounon, was schooled in black and white magic, rituals, and the intricate workings of the Fa, or Voodoo oracle. Venzago's camera evokes the religious ecstasy of these ceremonies as well as their otherworldly atmosphere. His photographs illuminate this mysterious and potent Voodoo culture and religion.
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Intense, breath-taking and original this book of (in my opinion Venzago's best work)photographs, shows the Voodoo way of life. Many people think that this book is dark and full of black magic (probably judging it from it's cover) but it isn't. It shows a culture, almost lost, and it takes the reader into a truely different world.
If you are looking for interesting and different photographs, GET THIS BOOK!!! It will absorb you EVERY time you read it!
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In the text there are some snippits of oral tradition that would be worth someone developing. Until then I suggest Herskovitz's Dahomean Narratives.
I'm still waiting for a good volume on West African Vodou...