"Voodoo: Search For The Spirit" by Laennec Hurbon
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Critique of book on the history and evolution of voodoo. Primary aims and rituals, cultural impact and the vitality of this religion. African roots of voodoo and its variations. Voodoo as a religion of power, of magic and the supernatural. Impact of the religion on slaves. Negative attitudes of Europeans toward voodoo.
From the Paper:"Laennec Hurbon's "Voodoo: Search for the Spirit" is a remarkable book, a combination of text, sidebars, and dazzling photographs which immerse the reader/viewer in the voodoo experience as much as a book possibly can. The reader leaves the work educated about, if not swept away by, the history and evolution of voodoo, its primary aims and rituals, its cultural impact, and, especially, the vitality of this belief system which clearly should be considered one of the world's major religions, despite the fact that it is not considered this by most writers on religion.
The roots of voodoo, or vodun, were in Africa and were transported to the New World with the slaves. The word "means an invisible force, terrible and mysterious, which can meddle in human affairs at any time.". This innate mystery was overlaid by..."
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