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Voodoo in Haiti by Alfred Métraux

Voodoo in Haiti

by Alfred Métraux

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An excellent ethonographic study of voodoo practitioners in Haiti, showing the complexities of their practices and beliefs. If you've read other books about voodoo and found the information confusing, this book will explain why. I found Charteris English translation easy to read. ( )
  aulsmith | May 23, 2014 |
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Charteris, HugoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mintz, Sidney W.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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What is voodoo? To the outside world the word is usually associated with the black magic of sorcerers, werewolves and zombies; a mysterious cult of secret rites and sudden deaths. But Voodoo, with its African origins and Christian observances, is also a religion of “white magic”, with the emphasis on the comfort and support of its members. Based on his friendship with a Voodoo mambo [priestess] Metraux has written a sympathetic account of this religion in Haiti. Besides describing the actual ceremonies, the author introduces the gods and spirits who form the Voodoo pantheon, and discusses the relationship between Voodoo and the Church, magic and the darker aspects of this religion.
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A master work of observation and description about the lives and rituals of the Haitian mambos and adepts, and of the history and origins of their religion.

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