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Spirit Service: Vodún and Vodou in the African Atlantic World

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Spirit Service: Vodún and Vodou in the African Atlantic World

Eric James Montgomery, "Spirit Service: Vodún and Vodou in the African Atlantic World"
English | ISBN: 0253061903 | 2022 | 346 pages | PDF | 34 MB

Known in the Dominican Republic and Togo as Vodu, in Benin as Vodún, and in Haiti as Vodou, West African religion has, for hundreds of years, served as a repository of sacred knowledge while simultaneously evolving in response to human experience and globalization.
Spirit Service: Vodún and Vodou in the African Atlantic World explores this dynamic religion, its mobility, and its place in the modern world. By examining the systems―ritual practices, community-based spirit veneration, and spiritual means of securing opportunity and well-being―alongside the individuals who worship, this rich collection offers the first comprehensive ethnographic study of West African spirit service on a broad scale. Contributors consider social encounters between African/Haitian practitioners and European / North American spiritual seekers, economies and histories, funerary rites and spirit possessions, and examinations of gender and materiality.
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