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Sacred Waters: Arts for Mami Wata and Other Divinities in Africa and the Diaspora (African Expressive Cultures) Hardcover – December 8, 2008

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"This book is probably the holy grail of all writins on Mami Wata - it covers a large geographical spread, a large expanse of time and includes a number of different perspectives on this changing phenomenon." ―Anitra Nettleton, de arte, No. 80 2009



Sacred Waters is a significant addition to its field of study: the arts and histories of the Mami Wata spirit and other water deities of Africa and its diaspora. Edited by eminent Africanist scholar Drewal, this collection includes 46 essays written by an international group of scholars, writers, artists, filmmakers, and devotees. The impressive amount of information presented within the essays underscores the scope and diversity of water spirit religions in Africa and the African diaspora. The authors investigate the history of these religions, and also of the related imagery that was first documented in the late 15th century. Today water spirits are widely represented in visual art, film, literature, theater, and popular culture. Together with the supplemental DVD, Sacred Waters features nearly 500 illustrations of water spirit images, devotees, and rituals. Adding a multisensory component... the DVD presents spoken poetry, performance clips, and music. Sacred Waters includes a lengthy reference section and notes about the illustrations and other media. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. --CHOICE J. M. Youmans, independent scholar, July 2009



"Sacred Waters is a significant addition to its field of study... The impressive amount of information presented within the essays underscores the scope and diversity of water spirit religions in Africa and the African diaspora....Recommended." ―Choice, July 2009



"The wide range of information, writing styles, research method, and intellectual approaches gives the reader a rich view of Mami Wata and related divinities. The included DVD presents additional materials for most chapters―music, spoken word poetry, performance videos, and still images. This multimedia offering complements the collection's diverse and hybrid subject." ―H-AfrArts Reviews, February 2010



"[A] major study, not just on Mami Wata, but also a seminal study in the field of African art history as a whole." ―Rowland Abiodun, Amherst College



"[It] will serve as the definitive volume on Mami Wata and related deities for many years to come." ―Elisha Renne, University of Michigan

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"[A] major study, not just on Mami Wata, but also a seminal study in the field of African art history as a whole." --Rowland Abiodun, Amherst College

"[It] will serve as the definitive volume on Mami Wata and related deities for many years to come." --Elisha Renne, University of Michigan

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  • Series: African Expressive Cultures
  • Hardcover: 708 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; Har/DVD edition (December 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253351561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253351562
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,896,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lots of good information about Mer Beings. One has to be familar & have a certain depth of ancient knowledge & understanding before grasping some of the findings in this book.
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