Synopses & Reviews
Òsun 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. Òsun across the Waters continues this exploration of Yoruba religion by documenting Òsun religion. Òsun 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 Òsun across the Waters delineate the special dimensions of Òsun religion as it appears through multiple disciplines in multiple cultural contexts. Tracing the extent of Òsun traditions takes us across the waters and back again. Òsun traditions continue to grow and change as they flow and return from their sources in Africa and the Americas.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Preliminary Table of Contents:
Joseph M. Murphy and Mei-Mei Sanford
2 Hidden Power: Osun the Seventeenth Odu
3 A River of Many Turns: the Polysemy of Ochún in Afro-Cuban Tradition
4 Orisa Osun: Yoruba Sacred Kingship and Civil Religion in Osogbo, Nigeria
5 Nesta Cidade Todo Mundo E D'Oxum, In This City Everyone is Oxum's
Ieda M. R. dos Santos
6 Mãe Menininha
7 Yéyé Cachita: Ochún in a Cuban Mirror
Joseph M. Murphy
8 Oshun Brass: An Insight into Yoruba Religious Symbology
9 Overflowing with Beauty: Ochún Altars in Lucumi Aesthetics
10 Authority and Discourse in the Orin Odún Osun
11 The Bag of Wisdom: Osun and the Origins of Ifa Divination
12 Ochún in the Bronx
13 What Part of the River You're In: African American Women in Devotion to Òsun
Rachel Elizabeth Harding
14 Eerindinlogun: the Seeing Eyes of Sacred Shells and Stones
15 Mama Oxum: Reflections of Gender and Sexuality in Brazilian Umbanda
16 An Oxum Shelters Children in São Paulo
17 Living Water: Osun, Mami Wata, and Olokun in the Lives of Four Contemporary Nigerian Christian Women
18 Orchestration of the Waters and the Breeze: the Emblems of Oshun in Atlantic Perspective
Robert Farris Thompson