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 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. Startlingly original, Brown's work endures as an important 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.
"Brown weaves together fictional, biographical, and ethnological narratives into a moving account of the life of a Vodou community and its leader, Mama Lola. This book belies the stereotypes that still distort the image of this ancient religion in the academic as well as the popular mind."—Albert J. Raboteau, Princeton University "An eloquent contribution to the emerging feminist paradigm of scholarship as engaged, embodied, and life-affirming."—Carol P. Christ, author of Laughter of Aphrodite "A riveting narrative, rich in detail. Karen Brown brings a rare, well-informed regard to her interpretation of Haitian religious life."—Lawrence E. Sullivan, author of Icanchu's Drum: An Orientation to the Meaning of South American Religions
Caribbean Diaspora in the USA presents a new cultural theory based on an exploration of Caribbean religious communities in New York City. The Caribbean culture of New York demonstrates a cultural dynamism which embraces Spanish speaking, English speaking and French speaking migrants. All cultures are full of breaks and contradictions as Latin American and Caribbean theorists have demonstrated in their ongoing debate. This book combines unique research by the author in Caribbean New York with the theoretical discourse of Latin American and Caribbean scholars.
Biography & Autobiography by Tori Spelling,Hilary Liftin
A memoir by the actress best known for her role on "Beverly Hills, 90210" challenges popular misconceptions about her privileged life while discussing such topics as her relationship with her late father, her marriages, and her parenting experiences.
In Living Spirit, Living Practice, the well-known cultural studies scholar Ruth Frankenberg turns her attention to the remarkably diverse nature of religious practice within the United States today. Frankenberg provides a nuanced consideration of the making and living of religious lives as well as the mystery and poetry of spiritual practice. She undertakes a subtle sociocultural analysis of compelling in-depth interviews with fifty women and men, diverse in race, ethnicity, national origin, class, age, and sexuality. Tracing the complex interweaving of sacred and secular languages in the way interviewees make sense of the everyday and the extraordinary, Frankenberg explores modes of communication with the Divine, the role of the body, the importance of geography, work for progressive social change, and the relation of sex to spirituality. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and other practitioners come together here, speaking in terms both familiar and surprising. Whether discussing an Episcopalian deacon, a former Zen Buddhist who is now a rabbi, a Chicano monastic, an immigrant Muslim woman, a Japanese American Tibetan Buddhist, or a gay African American practicing in the Hindu tradition, Frankenberg illuminates the most intimate, local, and singular aspects of individual lives while situating them within the broad, dynamic canvas of the U.S. religious landscape.
Welcome to Los Angeles, birthplace and residence of Tori Spelling. It’s not every Hollywood starlet whose name greets you on a Virgin Airways flight into la-la land. But Tori Spelling has come to accept that her life is a spectacle. Her name is her brand, and business is booming. Too bad when your job is to be yourself, you can’t exactly take a break. Tori finally has everything she thought she wanted—a loving family and a successful career—but trying to live a normal life in Hollywood is a little weird. With the irresistible wit, attitude, and humor that fans have come to love, the New York Times bestselling author of sTORI telling and Mommywood is back with more hilarious, heartwarming, and candid stories of juggling work, marriage, motherhood, and reality television cameras. Tori comes clean about doing her time on jury duty, stalking herself on Twitter, discovering her former 90210 castmates’ "I Hate Tori" club, contracting swine flu, and contacting Farrah Fawcett from the dead. Like many mothers, she struggles to find balance (Stars, they’re just like us!)—only most women don’t have to battle it out with paparazzi at the grocery store. She talks openly about the darker side of life in the spotlight: media scrutiny over her weight and her marriage to Dean McDermott, her controversial relationship with Dean’s ex-wife, and her unfolding reconciliation with her mother. Having it all isn’t always easy—especially when you’re a perfectionist—but with the help of her unconventional family and friends, an underwear-clad spiritual cleansing or two, and faith in herself, she’s learning to find her happy ending. Because when you’re Tori Spelling, every day brings uncharted terriTORI. *** Just when you thought sTORI time was over, the beloved Hollywood starlet has so much more to say. *** "My life has changed dramatically in the past several years. I married Dean; we moved several times; we had two children; we created a show that has gone into its fifth season on the air. I have love. I have a family. I have a home. I have work. It’s all I ever wished for. But trying to be a perfect wife, mother, and mini-mogul has its challenges, especially if, like me, you want to be perfect at all of them at the same time." —from uncharted terriTORI
This book makes compassionate caring and connectedness the central themes. Imbedded in the human psyche we find a deep yearning for connection. This book explores the many roadblocks that human beings put in the way of a healthy and respectful dialogue with each other, with nature, and with the universe. It also cites numerous examples from literature, philosophy, and society of a reawakening sense of connectedness.
These beautiful short stories chronicle a family's life in the Sacramento Delta, a flat expanse of tangled waterways and islands in California's Central Valley. It is a farming life of hopeful springs, backbreaking summers in the orchards and golden autumns, a time for fishing, duck hunting and raising children. Pressures from urbanization and water users in more populated parts of the state are conspiring to drain the water from the Sacramento River and its fragile waterways. The cowboys, taco truck owners, hunters, pear pickers and pot farmers who populate these stories show that it is more than water that the Delta is losing. It is a way of life.
Lola Bensky ist neunzehn, als Keith Moon von The Who vor ihren Augen die Hosen runterlässt und Cher sich ihre falschen Wimpern borgt. Es sind die Sixties, und Lola ist als Reporterin in London und New York unterwegs, um Interviews mit Musikern zu führen. Sie unterhält sich mit Mick Jagger über Sex und Diäten, mit Jimi Hendrix über Mütter, Gott – und Lockenwickler. Ihre Leser sind vermutlich eher an Tratsch interessiert, aber Lola war schon immer unkonventionell. Zum Glück ahnen ihre Eltern nichts davon, dass sie es mit Menschen zu tun hat, die mit freier Liebe und Drogen experimentiert haben. Sie haben das Konzentrationslager überlebt, aber das würde sie ins Grab bringen. Ein hinreißend komischer und herzzerreißend menschlicher Roman über Neurosen und die Last der Vergangenheit. Und eine fulminante Hommage an die großen, verrückten Heldinnen und Helden der Sixties.
Religion by Randy P Lundschien Conner,David Sparks
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Participation in African-Inspired Traditions in the Americas
Author: Randy P Lundschien Conner,David Sparks
What roles do queer and transgender people play in the African diasporic religions? Queering Creole Spiritual Traditions: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Participation in African-Inspired Traditions in the Americas is a groundbreaking scholarly exploration of this long-neglected subject. It offers clear insight into the complex dynamics of gender and sexual orientation, humans and deities, and race and ethnicity, within these richly nuanced spiritual practices. Queering Creole Spiritual Traditions explores the ways in which gender complexity and same-sex intimacy are integral to the primary beliefs and practices of these faiths. It begins with a comprehensive overview of Vodou, Santeria, and other African-based religions. The second section includes extensive, revealing interviews with practitioners who offer insight into the intersection of their beliefs, their sexual orientation, and their gender identity. Finally, it provides a powerful analysis of the ways these traditions have inspired artists, musicians, and writers such as Audre Lorde, as well as informative interviews with the artists themselves. In Queering Creole Spiritual Traditions, you will discover: how the presence of androgynous divinities affects both faith and practice in Vodou, Candomble, Santeria, and other Creole religions how the phenomenon of possession or embodiment by a god or goddess may validate queer identity and nurture gender complexity who practices the African-derived spiritual traditions, what they believe, and who their deities are how these faiths have influenced the art and aesthetic traditions of the West This landmark book opens a fascinating new world of thought and belief. The authors provide rigorous documentation and faultless scholarly method as well as personal experience and the testimony of believers. Queering Creole Spiritual Traditions sheds new light on two widely different fields: LGBT studies and the theology of the African diaspora. A thorough bibliography points the way to further study, and an extensive photograph gallery provides a unique look at the believers and their practices. Every library with holdings in queer theory, African mythology, or sociology of religion should have this landmark volume.
&Lsquo;A Classic . . . Beautiful Lyricism, Poetic Passages And Evocative Descriptions Of Goa&Rsquo; &Mdash;Deccan Herald On A Gloomy November Evening In A Sleepy Village In Goa, It&Rsquo;S Time For Yet Another Funeral. The Girl Is Dead And No One In Azul Is Surprised. But Two Men Who Knew And Loved Her Are Achingly Curious To Discover What Made Her Give Up Her Life To The Sea. As They Turn The Pages Of Her Diary, A Story Unravels&Mdash;Of Loneliness And Abandonment, Of Memories Branded So Deep That They Return To Haunt The Soul, And Of Hope So Powerful That It Negates Reality And Opens The Doors To A Future That Is Never To Be. Richly Atmospheric And Written With Unusual Lyricism, The Girl Is An Outstanding Debut&Mdash;A Tender And Disquieting Story About Love And Its Infinite Capacity For Betrayal. Press Reviews &Lsquo;A Classic . . . Beautiful Lyricism, Poetic Passages And Evocative Descriptions Of Goa&Rsquo;&Mdash;Deccan Herald &Lsquo;This Lyrical First Novel Is Rich With Dark Visual Imagery&Rsquo;&Mdash;India Today A Literary Voice That Has Taken The Measure Of The Most Extreme Human Emotions&Mdash;Love, Rage And Grief&Mdash;And, Too, Of What Lies Beyond: The Desire For Blessed Release. The Girl Has Wisdom, Tenderness, And A Sort Of Agelessness That Sets It Apart From Much Other Contemporary Fiction In English Coming Out Of India&Rsquo;&Mdash;Far Eastern Economic Review
"Fascinating insights into modern urban religious practice make Orsi's collection a must-read." —Publishers Weekly "The essays provide insight into the cultural creativity, reinterpretation of worship and religious ingenuity of city people over the last 50 years." —Library Journal "At last, a major dissection of the great mystery in modern American life—how religion and spirituality prospered amidst industrialization, urbanization, and rampant technological change after 1880!" —Jon Butler, Yale University "Urban religion" strikes many as an oxymoron. How can religion thrive in the alienated, secular, fast-paced, and materialistic world of the modern, Western city? The authors in this collection believe that cities not only can provide the settings for religious expression, but also are material to the experiences which give rise to those religious expressions. In this book, they explore the distinctly urban forms of religious experience and practice that have developed in relation to the spaces, social conditions, and history of American cities.
Other than black and white TV, the baby boomer boys growing up in the little oak hammock east of South Floridas everglades dont have much to entertain them. Personal computers and the Internet are still decades away. Organized youth sports are all but non-existent in their environs. Rock and roll is king but exists only on an AM radio station and a stack of black vinyl disks. So how does a brotherhood of youngsters come of age while manufacturing adventure from an otherwise uneventful existence in the early 60s? How do they spend their summers when girls are still mysterious, undiscovered creatures and the bicycle is the only mode of transportation? And how do they face lifes unanswered questions while anticipating their once-in-a-lifetime trip to the New York Worlds Fair? Tales from the Oak Hammock chronicles the amusing answers to these questions as it recounts the misadventuresand misdemeanorsof boys who sometimes catch a glimpse of lifes meaningbut more often merely observe its puzzling complexities. They are the first generation raised by TV so they surely dont have all the answersbut this one thing they know: Life isnt always fair, but its almost always in black and white!
Mit dem Piano auf dem Kongo: ein Roman voller Sinnlichkeit und Gefahr Als der Pianist Stanley Miles Harcourt, genannt Smiles, in Kinshasa eintrifft , bringt man ihn nicht ins Hotel, sondern zu einer Beerdigung. Drei Tote sollen beigesetzt werden: einer davon Smiles selbst. Es gelingt ihm, sich mit einem wertvollen Konzertfl ügel auf einem maroden Schiff zu verstecken, das den Kongo aufwärts in den Urwald fährt. Hier soll ein Friedenskonzert stattfinden, das, weltweit im Radio übertragen, auf die Missstände im Kongo hinweisen soll. Mit auf dem Boot ist Lola, eine unwiderstehlich schöne Frau, der Smiles auf der Stelle verfällt. Sie ist die Ehefrau des »Leoparden«, eines besonders blutrünstigen Militärführers. Doch es ist nicht das Konzert allein, das Smiles in den Kongo führt: Der Veranstalter Lyman Andrew war Lehrer an Smiles' Internat in England. Er erkannte sein musikalisches Talent. Doch Smiles hat ihm Unrecht getan. Dies will er nun wiedergutmachen. Im dampfenden Dschungel spitzen sich die Ereignisse dramatisch zu ...
From the moment Mathell Givens was born in 1952 in Illinois, God began sending angels. In this heartfelt autobiography, Givens narrates her life story and describes the angels who rescued her during her times of need. Beginning at birth, Givens' path was not an easy one, but she credits both her faith in God and the angels in her life for her blessed existence today. In Angels in My Life, Givens details the many painful hurdles she's overcome—from being preyed upon by a pedophile as a young girl, to experiencing a teen pregnancy, dealing with an unfaithful spouse, raising three boys as a single mother, and coping with an array of health problems. But through all of her trials and tests, Givens has remained steadfast and true in her devotion to God. A personal testament to God's saving grace, Angels in My Life tells an inspirational story of faith and love.
Reflections on Immigration, Identity, and Religious Imagination
Author: Mary Clark Moschella
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Living Devotions explores how a particular community has creatively negotiated its religious bonds of connection in the context of immigration. These matters cannot be studied in the abstract. Religious practice is not something separate from the economic, cultural, and psychological dimensions of life, but rather something integral, which shapes and is being shaped by all of these other realities. The author examines these dynamics through an ethnographic case study of the living devotions of a group of Italian Catholic immigrants to San Pedro, California. The narrative describes how the group's historical experiences of immigration and fishing find expression in their particular forms of prayer, art, artifacts, and food. The healing and transformative power of these shared religious practices is explored. As contemporary theologians, pastors, and congregations seek to welcome and care for immigrants and other strangers in a shifting social landscape, we need ways to engage in care-full and attentive relationships. The ethnographic method employed here suggests a way to lift up the voices of ordinary people, allowing them to tell their own stories, while piecing together emerging bits of theological wisdom and compelling care practices. While the particular insights of any community are situated and specific, theological reflection in one context can animate a broader discussion of transformative pastoral theology and practice.