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American Voudou: Journey into a Hidden World

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  34 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Voudou (an older spelling of voodoo)—a pantheistic belief system developed in West Africa and transported to the Americas during the diaspora of the slave trade—is the generic term for a number of similar African religions which mutated in the Americas, including santeria, candomble, macumbe, obeah, Shango Baptist, etc.

Since its violent introduction in the Caribbean island
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by University of North Texas Press
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Jul 17, 2013 Cecily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Horrible. Vodun told by a confused White voyeur.
Nov 19, 2013 Joseph rated it it was amazing
I have to give this work five stars because it does what it set out to do rather fearlessly. However, I'm not sure it may always be clear what the author intended to do.

This is really a non-academic piece of travel writing, which aims to explore but not penetrate the history and fate of African religions in North America. As such, it is very caught up in the 'Orisha voudou' movement. This was the first I had heard of conflict between Santeria and Voudou, and it seems that historically Santeria i
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Aug 30, 2007 Aaron the Pink Donut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any one!
I really dug this book. It is a well written and very fascinating study of the American version of Voudou or Voodoo (the collective native religions practiced by West Africans brought to the untied states as slaves). The book is a sort of road trip diary of one mans search for what Voudou is and how it impacts the lives of the people who practice it in the south (he travels to New Orleans, Miami, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia for the most part). He spends a fair amount of time dispelling mis ...more
Very insightful look into the history of American voodoo, its practices and how those practices have changed over time. However, I know I've read a few other books about voodoo or vaudun that were better so this one only get three neutral stars.
May 17, 2010 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book about voudou in America. Recommended to anyone who's interested in such a topic. Well written and informative, as well as amusing at times. Five stars all the way!
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Award-winning novelist and writer Rod Davis is the recipient of the fiction award in the inaugural PEN Southwest Book Awards in 2005 for Corina's Way (NewSouth Books, 2003). The novel is described by Kirkus Reviews as “a spicy bouillabaisse, New Orleans-set, in the tradition of Flannery O’Connor or John Kennedy Toole: a welcome romp, told with traditional Southern charm.”

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