Mama Lola has ratings and 48 reviews. Bill said: Walking between the worldsKaren McCarthy Brown has penned a masterpiece! Mama Lola, known to fam. Karen McCarthy Brown’s classic book shatters stereotypes of Vodou by offering an intimate portrait of African-based religion in everyday life. She explores the. This book, Mama Lola, A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn, is an exploration into one woman’s life and family heritage, and how she comes into the role of a healer.

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Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society)

Brown took an especially deep look into the healing aspects of the religion, by detailing the many healing rituals carried out by Mama Lola in conjunction with the “Lwa” of Vodou. After lols first chapter it had me hooked. Mama Lola shatters the stereotypes by offering an intimate portrait of Vodou in everyday life. Drawing on a 35 year long friendship with Mama Lola, a Vodou priestess, Karen McCarthy Brown tells tales spanning five generations of Vodou healers in Mama Lola’s family, beginning with an African ancestor and ending with Claudine Michel’s account of working with Mama Lola after the Haitian earthquake.

But what really made me want to hurl the book to the other side of the room from time to time is Brooklhn personal involvement – not in the peiestess life herself that’s up to her but in the book.

Browse all BookRags Study Guides. At the risk of sounding a tad ornery, I suppose my issue with the book stems from the fact that– given my background in religious studies– I am no longer struck by narratives which attempt to explore the charm and value of difference.

kn Sep 11, Aura rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was interesting to learn more about voodoo and that some aspects aren’t as different as we think they are. A genuinely interesting read. Articles needing cleanup from October All pages needing cleanup Cleanup tagged articles without a reason field from Bfooklyn Wikipedia pages needing cleanup from October Articles with hCards All articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases Prietsess with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases from October Packs in a lot of textbook information, without sounding like one.


Religion and the New Immigrants: In the Haitian revolution, she is known to have fought fiercely to defend the nation, whose people she considered her children. Healing becomes the central role amongst the family because “all Vodou healing is the healing of relationships” Voodoo to me was what I had seen in all the movies and cartoons, monsters and witch doctors.

Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn Summary & Study Guide

I’ve jokingly recommended this for the “chicken soup for the soul” crowd. Weaving several of her own voices–analytic, descriptive, and personal–with the voices of her subjects in alternat Karen McCarthy Brown’s classic book shatters stereotypes of Vodou by offering an intimate portrait of African-based religion in everyday life.

A glossary of Voudou terms has been added, which is indispensible to readers new to the subject. Chapter 12 – Gede. She has also focused a good amount of attention on how the role of women in Haitian society has priestese and become a much stronger presence in vodou.

Mama Lola by Karen McCarthy Brown – Paperback – University of California Press

From her first meeting with Mama Lola in priesttess the publication of her book inshe would spend 12 years working on Mama Lola: She is well known within the fields of anthropologyreligious studieswomen’s studiesand ethnic studies for challenging the social stigmas associated with Haitian Vodou through her authorship of the spiritual biography entitled Mama Lola: The writing was at times too academic and fodou too ephemeral for me to follow along closely, but that experience of disorientation probably also mirrored the author’s own experience well.

Christ, author of Laughter of Aphrodite “A riveting narrative, rich in detail. Chapter 2 – Azaka. As someone who found vodou before he found Mama Lola, the book reverberates as a taste priestesx home–the practices detailed are familiar mwma the lwa written about mirror the spirits I know.

By Bible study, I refer to a group of people from my church who meet once a week to discuss all sorts of spiritual questions, issues, disciplines, etc. View the Lesson Plans. Jul 03, Ben rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A book to read for an Anthropology class.

In time, she would eventually be able to return to Haiti and complete her initiation. Joseph Binbin Mauvant 2.


Metraux’s book is a broad study, whereas Excellent book. When I saw this book on one vidou my college courses mandatory reading lists I was dreading it. The ceremony in which is described in “Mama Lola A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn”, shows Alourdes or Mama Lola summoning Ogou by pouring rum onto a plate and lighting it on fire while entering a trance.

Llola the “Preface to the Edition” of Mama Lola: Order our Mama Lola: Haitians identify the child as a girl. Nov 10, Kineta rated it it was amazing Shelves: View a FREE sample.

Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn Summary & Study Guide

She married Antoine Kowalski on December 30, ; her children from previous relationships, Jean-Pierre and Maggie sat in the front row with her father, Alphose Margaux Religions are vodu to ease the pain of life. This is an intriguing ethnography that clearly is written from the ground up. This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat Lolx, and of most importance, she learns about the ‘why’ of Vodou, and how it is a religion of and for the people. The emphasis of this book being the life of an average Vodou priestess; the purpose of this was to brookyln the idea that Vodou was a religion of dark magic that revolved around the idea of cursing other people ex: Another central theme of the book is that the Vodou religion connects people to a loyal force of love.

Also in this episode, Mama Lola and Zaar, a healer, taught Tori and Mehi how to assemble an ancestral boroklyn in their home, by explaining the meanings of different offerings and significance of location, cloth colors, and pictures of ancestors. Page 12 – I realized that if I brought less to this Vodou world, I would come away with less.

S This is a really fascinating look at priiestess kind of religion makes sense for people whose lives are extremely different from our own.