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Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of California Pr
Publication date April 5, 2011
Pages 429
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780520268104
ISBN-10 0520268105
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.40 lbs.
Original list price $29.95
Other format details university press
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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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from Univ of California Pr (May 1, 1991)
9780520070738 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.90 lbs | List price $85.00
About: Vodou is among the most misunderstood and maligned of the world's religions.
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With Claudine Michel (other contributor) | from Univ of California Pr (April 5, 2011)
9780520268104 | details & prices | 429 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $29.95
About: Vodou is among the most misunderstood and maligned of the world's religions.
Updated edition from Univ of California Pr (November 1, 2001)
9780520224759 | details & prices | 432 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.62 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Karen McCarthy Brown's classic book shatters stereotypes of Vodou by offering an intimate portrait of African-based religion in everyday life.

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