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Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society)

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Vodou is among the most misunderstood and maligned of the world's religions. Mama Lola shatters the stereotypes by offering an intimate portrait of Vodou in everyday life. Drawing on a 35 year long friendship with Mama Lola, a Vodou priestess, Karen McCarthy Brown tells tales spanning five generations of Vodou healers in Mama Lola's family, beginning with an African ancestor and ending with Claudine Michel's account of working with Mama Lola after the Haitian earthquake. Out of these stories, in which dream and vision flavor everyday experience and the Vodou spirits guide decision making, Vodou emerges as a religion focused on healing brought about by mending broken relationships between the living, the dead, and the Vodou spirits.

Deeply exploring the role of women in religious practices and the related themes of family and of religion and social change, Brown provides a rich context in which to understand the authority that urban Haitian women exercise in the home and in the Vodou temple.

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"Brown weaves together fictional, biographical, and ethnological narratives into a moving account of the life of a Vodou community and its leader, Mama Lola. This book belies the stereotypes that still distort the image of this ancient religion in the academic as well as the popular mind."—Albert J. Raboteau, Princeton University

"An eloquent contribution to the emerging feminist paradigm of scholarship as engaged, embodied, and life-affirming."—Carol P. Christ, author of Laughter of Aphrodite

"A riveting narrative, rich in detail. Karen Brown brings a rare, well-informed regard to her interpretation of Haitian religious life."—Lawrence E. Sullivan, author of Icanchu's Drum: An Orientation to the Meaning of South American Religions

About the Author

Karen McCarthy Brown is Professor Emerita of the Sociology and Anthropology of Religion at the Graduate and Theological Schools of Drew University. Claudine Michel is Professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the 2010 Edition

Preface to the 2001 Edition

Preface to the First Edition

Introduction

1. Joseph Binbin Mauvant

2. Azaka

3. Raise that Woman's Petticoat

4. Ogou

5. The Baka Made from Jealousy

6. Kouzinn

7. Dreams and Promises

8. Ezili

9. Sojeme, Sojeme

10. Danbala

11. Plenty Confidence

12. Gede

Afterword

Glossary of Haitian Creole Terms

Bibliography

Index

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Kristina Mageau, August 19, 2012 (view all comments by Kristina Mageau)
Such a spellbound, captivating read, this book gave me a better understanding of vodou and its cultural connections. If more people read this, fewer misrepresentations of vodou would be in existence.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780520268104
Author:
Brown, Karen Mccarthy
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Brown, Karen M.
Author:
Brown, Karen McCarthy
Author:
Michel, Claudine
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
With a New Foreword by Claudine Michel
Series:
Comparative Studies in Religion and Society
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
47 b/w illustrations
Pages:
472
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.25 in 23 oz

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"Brown weaves together fictional, biographical, and ethnological narratives into a moving account of the life of a Vodou community and its leader, Mama Lola. This book belies the stereotypes that still distort the image of this ancient religion in the academic as well as the popular mind."—Albert J. Raboteau, Princeton University

"An eloquent contribution to the emerging feminist paradigm of scholarship as engaged, embodied, and life-affirming."—Carol P. Christ, author of Laughter of Aphrodite

"A riveting narrative, rich in detail. Karen Brown brings a rare, well-informed regard to her interpretation of Haitian religious life."—Lawrence E. Sullivan, author of Icanchu's Drum: An Orientation to the Meaning of South American Religions

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