Spirit Service: Vodún and Vodou in the African Atlantic World

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Eric James Montgomery, Timothy R. Landry, Christian N. Vannier
Indiana University Press, 2022 - 346 Seiten

--Eric Montgomery is based in East Lansing, MI --Christian Vannier is based in Flint, MI --Tim Landry is based in Hartford, CT -- The editors of this volume are early in their careers but are making clear and valuable contributions to the field. They are rising stars in a field where it is difficult to make a mark, and they are generous in their inclusion of precariously-positioned scholars and docrotal candidates in this work. -- As religious systems, Vodún, Vodu, and Vodou share an open adaptability which encourages creativity, experimentation, and integration. This adaptability allows the conversation in this collection to move beyond Africanness and European influences to instead examine how political economies, histories, ritual practices, and migrations produce and reproduce the spirits and the values and practices that surround them. -- The collection will appeal to scholars and students of anthropology, sociology, Atlantic and diasporic history, African studies, Caribbean studies, anthropology of religion, and global studies. While there are few courses which focus particularly on Vodún and Vodou throughout an entire semester, each chapter has been written to appeal to course instructors and to upper-level undergraduates for inclusion in course packets. For this reason, the collection would also appeal to those with a general interest in the topic.

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Eric J. Montgomery is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Michigan State University and Saperstein Senior Fellow and Faculty in the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University. He is coauthor of An Ethnography of a Vodu Shrine in Southern Togo and editor of Shackled Sentiments: Slaves, Spirits, and Memories in the African Diaspora.

Timothy R. Landry is Associate Professor in the departments of Anthropology and Religious Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is the author of Vodún: Secrecy and the Search for Divine Power.

Christian N. Vannier is Lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Michigan, Flint. He is the co-author of An Ethnography of a Vodu Shrine in Southern Togo and coeditor of Cultures of Doing Good: Anthropologists and NGOs.

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