Alfred Métraux Hugo Charteris Dennis Wheatley
- Title: Voodoo - The Dennis Wheatley Library of the Occult Volume (19) Nineteen
- Author: Alfred Métraux Hugo Charteris Dennis Wheatley
- ISBN: 0722160607
- Page: 393
- Format: None
A master work of observation and description about the lives and rituals of the Haitian mambos and adepts, and of the history and origins of their religion.
Recent Comments "Voodoo - The Dennis Wheatley Library of the Occult Volume (19) Nineteen"
This is a great survey of Haitian Voodoo. Metraux does an excellent job capturing the personality, color and vibrancy of the this very misunderstood religion and the people who practice it. I wonder, however, if some of it is a bit outdated. Considering that the book was first published in 1959, there's probably more recent research in the areas of neuroscience and psychology that might explain possession, or fresher interpretations of the legacy of West African religion in contemporary Voodoo. [...]
Many of us derive our ideas about Voodoo from horror films or derogatory comments made by those who actually know nothing about it. That is why it is so good to come across a work like this, which dispels the myths and presents Voodoo as not just as a religion but virtually a way of life."Voodoo in Haiti" by Alfred Métraux provides a detailed account of the history of Voodoo in Haiti, the Loa (the Mysteries or Spirits), its ceremonies and rituals, initiation, as well as its relation to Christia [...]
a good read to learn up on the history of voodoo and a little about the history of haiti, I think it took away a lot of myths that I had when I hear about black magic and voodoo and helped to understand the whole process, very interesting.
Probably the definitive text, at least from a layman's perspective, on Haitian Vodou/Voodoo. While a bit dated in terms of describing the modern practice of Voodoo, this was published in 1959 and Haitian culture has changed after all, it remains a clear examination of the history of Haiti pre-1960s and a thorough and comprehensible explanation of a complicated theology. Recommended for anyone who is interested in Haitian history or (early) culture, wants an explanation of what Voodoo is and how [...]
Not bad. A lot of info to absorb. I felt it got easier to follow and a little better towards the end. If you already know a little about voodoo you will probably enjoy it more. It is very informative but I had a hard time keeping track of it all at first. The more I read the more familiar I got with some of it. I wouldn't highly recommend it, but if you're interested in voodoo it couldn't hurt to give this book a try. You may be able to follow it better than I was able to.
A basic classic treatise on this Afro-Haitian religious/philosophical belief and practice; a good start for any serious study of Afro-Caribbean traditions.
More than merely a study of the Voodoo religion per se, Métraux's extensive cataloging of folklore and history, augmented by his own first-hand observations of the ritual cycles of peasant life, constitutes a broad description of popular religiosity in Haiti, and the magico-religious epistemology of its people. The island's collective complex of mythology and practical means of addressing the supernatural weaves together elements of European superstition, Catholicism, and the gods and rites of [...]
An excellent and sophisticated, well-researched and well-written view of Voodoo.
"sometimes small metal fishes"
Very educational book that falls into the categories of Anthropology and Religion. The book starts with tracing the Religious aspects of Voodoo back to it's African tribal roots and goes on from there to delve into individual beliefs, systems of magic, it's unique combination and merger with Catholicism. The book covers the Protestant efforts to purge Haiti of all Voodoo and fetish beliefs and the mythology and folklore of the religion from it's beginnings up to the early 1950's when this book w [...]
Oh my God. Even a book about Vodou can put you to sleep. Thing is, this is probably the best book on Vodou there is. As a field researcher Metraux painstakingly detailed every aspect of the religion in painstaking detail. Whatever you wanted to know, it's in here. But I am so tired I think this wonderful will have a unique honor: I won't be able to finish it. Even books I hate, I force myself to finish. The only person I know who has read it also did not finish it due to bordom and she's a book [...]
Exceptionally detailed and rather interesting. Generally enjoyed the book, good read if you are looking for clear information about Vodou and Haiti. Side note, read somewhere that the information may not be completely accurate, but I can no longer remember where I read that, so I may just be spreading rumors.Its a good book, and if you have any interest in Vodou, you should read it.
If you want a good ethnography and or cultural understanding of Vodoo and its roots. If you read this also read the serphant and the Rainbow. it is about actual anthropologists experience with Vodoo.
An ethnographer's ethnography but fascinating nonetheless. After one year of living in Haiti, this book totally reconstructed my understanding of Haitian vodou.
An excellent and readable and sympathetic overview of voudoun in Haiti by a respected anthropologist.
Descriptions of rituals and ceremonies is excellent. Sprinkled with enough spooky stories alongside genuine examination to satisfy the various reasons I would read an account on Voodoo.
Very insightful look into the religion without sensationalizing it. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the roots of Voodoo.
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