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Sacred possessions
Vodou, Santeria, Obeah, and the Carribean
Margarite Fernández Olmos   (More from this author)
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Editors:
Margarite Fernández Olmos and Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert

Description:
Sacred Possessions is an unprecedented collection of thirteen comparative and interdisciplinary essays exploring the cross-cultural dynamics of African-based religious systems in the Caribbean. The contributors analyze the nature and liturgies of Vodou, Santería, Obeah, Quimbois, and Gaga as they form one central cultural matrix in the region. They ask how these belief systems were affected by differing colonial histories and landscapes, how they affected other cultural expressions (from the oral tradition to popular art and literature), and how they have been perceived and (mis)represented by the West. The book is a unique contribution to the study of the Caribbean as a site of multiculturalism, demonstrating the linkages between anthropology, religion, literature, and popular culture. Also included are a stunning photoessay on Cuban Santería, a glossary of terms, and an insightful introduction by the editors.

In addition to the editors, the contributors are Miguel Barnet, Joan Dayan, Héctor Delgado, Karla Y. Frye, Eugenio Matibag, Brinda Mehta, José Piedra, Alan Richardson, Ivette Romero-Cesareo, Elaine Savory, and Anna Wexler.

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325 Pages
English
 
Illustrated
 
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
1997
ISBN: 0-8135-2361-3
 
Price: $ 23.95
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