Voudou rituals are intended to serve the gods, not to attempt to bend the gods to serve the practitioners. She traveled to Haiti in , which led to the classic ethnographic study, Divine Horsemen. The Magic Island by W. If you're serious about Haiti or Vodou or religious studies, it's a good things to read. She comments on the fact that man has tried to disembody himself, to remove himself from any situation or involvement - supposedly to look at it objectively.
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The footage of the rituals, including possessions, is amazing. It is about dance and possession in Haitian vodou that was shot by experimental filmmaker Maya Deren between and Apparently, there are some vinyl records of Voodoo music recorded by Deren out there too. See all 33 reviews.
Suffice to say that it is riveting to read.
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Email required Address never made public. Previous page of related Sponsored Products. She hte character descriptions of the major lwa in the Vodou pantheon, and details several rituals a ceremony for Agwe, the god of the sea; a marriage to Erzulie, goddess of love.
Email required Address never made public. Apr 06, Alexandra rated it it was amazing. Much of the first half of the book deals with the loa which are the voudou deities and with the symbolism associated with those deities.
Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti
Already, this book has had a profound impact on me. For those interested in an overview, this is not the book. But such bizarreries aside, Deren's real value is in elucidating the more everyday aspects of practising vodou — the physicality of it, the centrality of rhythmic movement and the deep spirituality that can be induced through repetitive dance; liivng is very sensitive to these matters, and makes several perceptive comparisons to the different moods brought about by dancing a waltz rather than a rumba.
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No time to lose, this one. By the time she left Haiti, Deren had, during some quick but productive trips home, picked up husband number three, who would eventually edit the rushes of her Haitian trip together into the film of Divine Horsemenwhich hajti released more than twenty years after Deren's death.
I judge the book at a higher standard partially because it is considered to be the standard for resources on Haitian Liviing, and partially because of the length of the book. Sep 18, Licing. And though it would seem impossible hhorsemen this should be so, since it was a female body which he had possessed, it was a seminal ejaculation.
Damballah and Ayida, who together represent the sexual totality, encompass the cosmos as a serpent coiled about the world. Follows the ancient wisdom of the 8 Limbs of Yoga. Included in her chapters are examinations of the role of ritual in social coherence, creative expression for everyone goss the culture, not just the "geniuses"and in individual development.
It reads like a dictionary of voodoo tradition, which is interesting but the style and tone of the book is DULL! The female principle thus participates in all the major cosmic forces with the exception of the distinctly masculine forces personified in Ogoun and Voudoun does not idealize woman, per se, as the principle of fecundity.
After seeing Jo Ann Kaplan's wonderful documentary 'Invocation: Dec 01, Steven rated it it was amazing Shelves: She writes with passion, but she writes in the style of a memoir.
I finished reading this book last night.
Most of the film consists of images of dancing and bodies in motion during rituals in Rada and Petro livng. Learn more about Amazon Prime. An incredibly good read--and a classic work of anthropology, without the delusions about "objectivity" that permeate much of the academic writing.
She traveled to Haiti inwhich led to the classic ethnographic study, Divine Horsemen. Deren relates the following exotic incident male pronouns are used when a male lwa is inhabiting a body: A social activist from her teens, she became interested in dance and then in filmmaking. Full of drawings, pictures and charts that were helpful for me to divne access to Deren's philosophy-heavy writing.