Karen McCarthy Brown's "Mama Lola" challenges stereotypes of Vodou by offering an intimate portrait of African-based religion in everyday life. She explores the importance of women's religious practices along with related themes of family and of social change. Weaving several of her own voices - analytic, descriptive and personal - with the voices of her subjects in alternate chapters of traditional ethnography and ethnographic fiction, Brown presents herself as a character in Mama Lola's world and allows the reader to evaluate her interactions there. Brown's work is an experiment in ethnography as a social art form rooted in human relationships. A new preface, epilogue, bibliography and a collection of family photographs tell the story of the effect of the book's publication on Mama Lola's life.
Table of Contents
Preface to the 2001 Edition Preface to the First Edition Introduction 1. Joseph Binbin Mauvant 2. Azaka 3. Raise That Woman's Petticoat 4. Ogou 5. The Baka Made from Jealousy 6. Kouzinn 7. Dreams and Promises 8. Ezili 9. Sojeme, Sojeme 10. Danbala 11. Plenty Confidence 12. Gede Afterword Glossary of Haitian Creole Terms Bibliography Index What is new in this edition? Preface to the 2001 Edition; Afterword; more substantial Bibliography; and 21 photographs of Mama Lola and her family (no photographs were printed in the first edition)
Karen McCarthy Brown is Professor of Anthropology of Religion at The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and The Theological School of Drew University.