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ISBN-13: 978-0805208948 ISBN-10: 0805208941

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon (April 29, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805208941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805208948
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By kim Siegelson on September 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
Alfred Metraux's study of Haitian vaudou is as comprehensive as one can imagine an outsider can achieve. The book covers the history, social framework, gods, spirits, and loa, rituals, magic, and what The Church thinks. There are antecdotal stories that illustrate the powers and beliefs of vaudou practitioners. Metraux's direct observations are ususally imparted without condescension. I found the writing to be scholarly as well as approachable and entertaining. An excellent resource for those interested in this misunderstood Creole religion.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 1998
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This, and Zora Neale Hurston's <I>Tell My Horse: Voodoo in Haiti and Jamaica</I>, are probably the best straight-up objective studies of Voodooism as it is seriously practiced. This books gives the reader the "white anthropologist's" point of view, and is somewhat more objective than Hurston's book. Not making any judgements abotu the religion, all it gives is 100+ pages of defintive facts in the forms of text anf images.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 1997
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One of the first, if not the very first serious scholarly work on the voodoo religion in Haiti. No lies about human sacrifice or horror stories about cannibalism, just an excellent anthropological text. This and Zora Neale Hurston's "Tell My Horse" are an excellent introduction to Voodoo as it was practiced in the first half of the 20th century
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RHB on June 15, 2011
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I recommend this book for anyone traveling to Haiti. The author does an outstanding job answering the questions of anyone who has encountered Haitian Voodooism. Also the book provides a full Voodoo Glossary. Even if you just keep it on the shelf as a reference book it would be a great investment.

Review By Dr. Robert H Bennett author of: I Am Not Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katea on May 2, 2014
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Excellent book. The reviewers and folks whom claim the info about 'cults' of voodoo is outdated need to understand that the standing at the time of the writing of this book is not in question. Next the advent of the idea that the way Christian Muslim and Jewish religions are viewed and the way we now use the word 'cult' are all highly subjective. Christianity is a cult or at the very least began as one(if one is to subscribe to the evolution of religious grouping {according what criteria though?}) Also voodoo is immensely varied and is without an orthodoxy. litanies in one village do not follow the same pattern and or vocalisation(including melody) in nearby villages. This is an academic book and should be read as such. 'Cult' is used in the academic sense and not in the bastardized slang sense. This is the full academic definition of 'cult' below...the first definition is applicable to most religions.

1
: formal religious veneration : worship
2
: a system of religious beliefs and ritual; also : its body of adherents
3
: a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious; also : its body of adherents
4
: a system for the cure of disease based on dogma set forth by its promulgator <health cults>
5
a : great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (as a film or book); especially : such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad
b : the object of such devotion
c : a usually small group of people characterized by such devotion
— cul·tic adjective
— cult·ish adjective
— cult·ish·ly adverb
— cult·ish·ness noun
— cult·ism noun
— cult·ist noun
— cult·like adjective
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