The Voodoo Encyclopedia: Magic, Ritual, and Religion

The Voodoo Encyclopedia: Magic, Ritual, and Religion

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  • Author: Jeffrey E. Anderson
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN: 1610692098
  • Category : Religion
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 438

This compelling reference work introduces the religions of Voodoo, a onetime faith of the Mississippi River Valley, and Vodou, a Haitian faith with millions of adherents today. • Addresses both Vodou and Voodoo • Situates the religions both religiously and historically • Examines the African contributions to the faiths on a regional basis • Introduces important gods and ceremonies


Voodoo, Hoodoo and Conjure in African American Literature

Voodoo, Hoodoo and Conjure in African American Literature

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  • Author: James S. Mellis
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 1476636893
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 189

From the earliest slave narratives to modern fiction by the likes of Colson Whitehead and Jesmyn Ward, African American authors have drawn on African spiritual practices as literary inspiration, and as a way to maintain a connection to Africa. This volume has collected new essays about the multiple ways African American authors have incorporated Voodoo, Hoodoo and Conjure in their work. Among the authors covered are Frederick Douglass, Shirley Graham, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Ntozake Shange, Rudolph Fisher, Jean Toomer, and Ishmael Reed.


Farming While Black

Farming While Black

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  • Author: Leah Penniman
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • ISBN: 1603587616
  • Category : African American farmers
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 368

In 1920, 14 percent of all land-owning US farmers were black. Today less than 2 percent of farms are controlled by black people--a loss of over 14 million acres and the result of discrimination and dispossession. While farm management is among the whitest of professions, farm labor is predominantly brown and exploited, and people of color disproportionately live in "food apartheid" neighborhoods and suffer from diet-related illness. The system is built on stolen land and stolen labor and needs a redesign. Farming While Black is the first comprehensive "how to" guide for aspiring African-heritage growers to reclaim their dignity as agriculturists and for all farmers to understand the distinct, technical contributions of African-heritage people to sustainable agriculture. At Soul Fire Farm, author Leah Penniman co-created the Black and Latinx Farmers Immersion (BLFI) program as a container for new farmers to share growing skills in a culturally relevant and supportive environment led by people of color. Farming While Black organizes and expands upon the curriculum of the BLFI to provide readers with a concise guide to all aspects of small-scale farming, from business planning to preserving the harvest. Throughout the chapters Penniman uplifts the wisdom of the African diasporic farmers and activists whose work informs the techniques described--from whole farm planning, soil fertility, seed selection, and agroecology, to using whole foods in culturally appropriate recipes, sharing stories of ancestors, and tools for healing from the trauma associated with slavery and economic exploitation on the land. Woven throughout the book is the story of Soul Fire Farm, a national leader in the food justice movement. The technical information is designed for farmers and gardeners with beginning to intermediate experience. For those with more experience, the book provides a fresh lens on practices that may have been taken for granted as ahistorical or strictly European. Black ancestors and contemporaries have always been leaders--and continue to lead--in the sustainable agriculture and food justice movements. It is time for all of us to listen.


Death, Dying, and Bereavement Around the World

Death, Dying, and Bereavement Around the World

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  • Author: Frank E. Eyetsemitan
  • Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher
  • ISBN: 0398093482
  • Category : Social Science
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 236

This book evaluates existing theories, concepts, and models with the practices of death, dying and bereavement from different societies around the world. The differences in various belief systems and how these influence death, dying and bereavement practices are highlighted, including Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Ancestor worship, Afro-Brazilian religions, the belief systems of Native Indians, the Maoris of New Zealand and others. These belief systems will contribute to a better understanding of the existing models of death, dying and bereavement that are examined. An overview of countries in different continents is also provided. This helps to refresh the reader’s mind of the country’s geographical location and bring attention to the prevailing causes of death and life expectancy of nations in different parts of the world. At the end of each chapter, review questions are provided to aid in the reader’s comprehension and allow for self-reflection. At the end of each chapter, an Additional Readings section has been included so the reader can find additional information to further an interest developed from reading the chapter material. A glossary of terms is included to aid with explaining certain terms and add to the reader’s vocabulary. Given its overview of existing theories/models as well as a focus on issues of cross-cultural relevance on death, dying and bereavement, the book will be of interest to bereavement counselors, healthcare practitioners, and others.


Celebrating Life Customs around the World: From Baby Showers to Funerals [3 volumes]

Celebrating Life Customs around the World: From Baby Showers to Funerals [3 volumes]

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  • Author: Victoria Williams Ph.D.
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN: 1440836590
  • Category : Social Science
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 1247

This book documents hundreds of customs and traditions practiced in countries outside of the United States, showcasing the diversity of birth, coming-of-age, and death celebrations worldwide. • Examines cultural events in the general categories of birth and childhood events, teen and early adulthood milestones, and aging and death customs • Offers primary and cultural document excerpts that are useful for the purposes of meeting Common Core standards • Includes color inserts that help bring the text to life • Features sidebars that present fun facts, interesting anecdotes, and recipes that are often used to celebrate various life-cycle customs in different countries • Provides information ideal for students studying geography, global studies, anthropology, and world cultures


African Religions: Beliefs and Practices through History

African Religions: Beliefs and Practices through History

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  • Author: Douglas Thomas
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN: 1610697529
  • Category : Religion
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 284

This book supplies fundamental information about the diverse religious beliefs of Africa, explains central tenets of the African worldview, and overviews various forms of African spiritual practices and experiences. • Presents approximately 100 alphabetically arranged entries written by a team of expert contributors • Overviews the plurality of African religious cultures and identifies the distant origins of African American religious experiences today • Includes primary documents discussing African religious beliefs and practices


Death in Supernatural

Death in Supernatural

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  • Author: Amanda Taylor
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 1476668612
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 249

Over 14 seasons, television’s Supernatural has developed a devoted following of both fans and scholars. The show has addressed big issues, including perhaps the biggest—death. This collection of new essays examines how death is represented and personified in the series, and how grief is processed in American society. Contributors discuss the show’s explorations of the ultimate mystery, with topics covering American traditions and attitudes, folklore and mythology, resurrection, and grief and grieving.


The Deceased-focused Approach to Grief

The Deceased-focused Approach to Grief

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  • Author: Frank E. Eyetsemitan
  • Publisher: Springer Nature
  • ISBN: 3030982459
  • Category :
  • Languages : en
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The Field of Honor

The Field of Honor

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  • Author: John Mayfield
  • Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
  • ISBN: 1611177294
  • Category : History
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 384

For more than thirty years, the study of honor has been fundamental to understanding southern culture and history. Defined chiefly as reputation or public esteem, honor penetrated virtually every aspect of southern ethics and behavior, including race, gender, law, education, religion, and violence. In The Field of Honor: Essays on Southern Character and American Identity, editors John Mayfield and Todd Hagstette bring together new research by twenty emerging and established scholars who study the varied practices and principles of honor in its American context, across an array of academic disciplines. Following pathbreaking works by Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Dickson D. Bruce, and Edward L. Ayers, this collection notes that honor became a distinctive mark of southern culture and something that—alongside slavery—set the South distinctly off from the rest of the United States. This anthology brings together the work of a variety of writers who collectively explore both honor’s range and its limitations, revealing a South largely divided between the demands of honor and the challenges of an emerging market culture—one common to the United States at large. They do so by methodologically examining legal studies, market behaviors, gender, violence, and religious and literary expressions. Honor emerges here as a tool used to negotiate modernity’s challenges rather than as a rigid tradition and set of assumptions codified in unyielding rules and rhetoric. Some topics are traditional for the study of honor, some are new, but all explore the question: how different really is the South from America writ large? The Field of Honor builds an essential bridge between two distinct definitions of southern—and, by extension, American—character and identity.


Savage worlds

Savage worlds

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  • Author: Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • ISBN: 1526123428
  • Category : History
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 272

With an eye to recovering the experiences of those in frontier zones of contact, Savage Worlds maps a wide range of different encounters between Germans and non-European indigenous peoples in the age of high imperialism. Examining outbreaks of radical violence as well as instances of mutual co-operation, it examines the differing goals and experiences of German explorers, settlers, travellers, merchants, and academics, and how the variety of projects they undertook shaped their relationship with the indigenous peoples they encountered. Examining the multifaceted nature of German interactions with indigenous populations, this volume offers historians and anthropologists clear evidence of the complexity of the colonial frontier and frontier zone encounters. It poses the question of how far Germans were able to overcome their initial belief that, in leaving Europe, they were entering ‘savage worlds’.