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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press (October 26, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566393507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566393508
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"When I began my work in Trinidad, I remained a curious bystander during the first summer of my fieldwork. When I returned for a year-long stay, I gradually moved into the active participant group. Finally, after my initiation and once I began serving as a drummer, I moved up. ...My movement from the fingers to near 'center stage' occured as my knowledge of and experiences in the religion grew." -- James T. Houk, from Chapter 9 "This welcome study gives much needed attention to the various roots and influences within the Orisha complex in Trinidad and serves to establish James Houk as a leading scholar of African-Caribbean religions. Must reading for Trinidad specialists. Highly recommended." --Stephen D. Glaxier, University of Nebraska

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An anthropologist demystifies a fascinating, eclectic Caribbean religion

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Neil J. Hajba on April 23, 2003
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This book is a wonderful resource for those interested in the Orisa religion as practiced in Trinidad & Tobago. Written by a Social Scientist and initiate using a sort of participation/observation methodology, the content is good. My only real issue with the book is that I feel Houk did not spend enough time IN T&T and that his sources may be slightly biased due to the limited time constraints. Surveys numerous shrines and temples throughout the island (Trinidad) and the incorporation of indegenous and imported belief systems. Given the general lack of information on this subject, I think it is a wonderful piece of work! I highly recommend it.
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By devanand bhagwandeen on April 27, 2013
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it a great cd with lots of information and has a great interest in reglion and got it at amazon
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