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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Raise that Woman’s Petticoat 4. The presentation of Alourdes Mama Lola is okay though I might found it a bit too personal, in a way that the book doesn’t really warrant. In Haiti, Alourdes would discover the remedy for her illness.

She is herself an excellent case against the experiential focus advocated by Schleiermacher and Otto. If I persisted in brooklyb Vodou objectively, the heart of the system, its ability to heal, would remain closed to me.

However, the book veers back and forth between academic Sullivan, author of Icanchu’s Drum: Furthermore, “Mama Lola is also an important experiment in feminist ethnographic writing designed to address current questions in the field” [7].

Mama Lola, since the time that the book was written, has become one of the most important Haitian-American spiritual leaders in the diaspora, and this book is a stunning account of her life. Sep 06, Elizabeth Sierra rated it liked it. Feb 23, Lauren added it Shelves: Finally got my copy back and it’s returned to its shelf in my library.

Christ, author of Laughter of Aphrodite “A riveting narrative, rich in detail. Karen goes through with the initiation and marries Papa Ogou despite objections from some people They just have affiliation” The book is a terrific research into a religion that I was completely ignorant on.

According to the University of California Press, the publishing firm behind Mama Lola, “[this] classic book shatters stereotypes of Vodou by offering an intimate portrait of African-based religion in everyday life” [7]. Alourdes remembered that she had suffered a lot when she had Maggie This book belies the stereotypes that still distort the image of this ancient religion in the academic as well as the popular mind.



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I read this book for one of my anthropology classes in college, then wrote a paper on it. After her second discharge, she met a woman named Yvonne Constant, who would provide her with food and shelter ; the two would become family friends Refresh and try again. I doubt I would have picked this book up if it weren’t for the class Vodiu read it for, but I liked it non-the-less.

I particularly liked author’s personal vodo of Aloudes, the priestess brookkyn is the subject of the book, and her family. Brown’s sympathetic treatment of Vaudou helped me to understand not only Haitian religion, but also the religious culture of ancient pagan societies; it also gave me a better appreciation of the social functions that the modern global religions serve in our own society.

The spirit Ogou is her chief counselor from the spirit world A Vodou Priestess in BrooklynBrown explains, “an ethnography is written by making meaning out of others’ processes of meaning making” xi.

Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Chapter 3 – Raise That Woman’s Petticoat.

Startlingly original, Brown’s work endures as an important experiment in ethnography as brookltn social art form rooted in human relationships.

In a dream, Joseph Binbin Mauvant tells Manman Marasa that he has left for Africa so that the Mauvant family has no need to worry about him Karen McCarthy Brown weaves I didn’t know anything about Haitian Vodou prior to reading this book other than common stereotypes from popular culture. Through her conversations with Mama Lola, Karen Brown shows the reader how, “Haitian Vodou is not only one of the most misunderstood religions in the world; it is also one of the most maligned” Preface.


In this respect, she “flouts the authority of the patriarchal family. This is a book hard to rate.

Intrigued by the priestess and her misunderstood and maligned tradition, Brown became at first a friend, then a member of Mama Lola’s extended family and finally an enthusiastic participant in many of the rites that comprise the corpus of Voudoun devotional life. Vdou was born in Port-au-PrinceHaiti. Page 12 – I realized that if I brought less to this Vodou world, I would come away with less.

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I didn’t know anything about Haitian Vodou prior to reading this book other than common stereotypes from popular culture. Read more from the Study Guide.

I found this book very intriguing as well as educational. At the risk of sounding a tad ornery, I suppose my issue with the book stems from [granted I read this almost 4 years ago!

Out of these stories, in which dream and vision flavor everyday experience and the Vodou spirits guide decision making, Vodou emerges as a religion focused on healing brought about by mending brookljn relationships between the living, the dead, and the Vodou spirits. I learned to my sorrow that Brown developed an rare form ih early-onset Alzheimer’s in the late s and will not be able to bring us any more of her probing work. Jacques Majeurone of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ.

I get it, it’s hard to be so edumacated and then turn around to endorse goat sacrifice as a generative practice