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Mark Of Voodoo by Sharon Caulder
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Nov 05, 09

bookshelves: paganism, voodoo
Read in January, 2002

There are a lot of books on the market about pagan and neo-pagan traditions. There's a smaller number of books about Afro-carribean syncretic religions like Santeria, Voodoo, and Candomble. This is the only book I've come across that is the personal story of a voodoo priestess's own reclamation of her heritage. It's fascinating for a variety of reasons: Caulder's personal story is wrenching and compelling; her description of her trip to Benin to rediscover her Voodoo roots is fascinating as travel writing and cultural comparison; and her description of the cultural differences between African Americans and native Africans is eye-opening. It's also a good foil to the many myths and misconceptions that surround a religious tradition that, like any religion, has the potential for good or evil.

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