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# 781: Best book on Voodoo : Bell adds on Hurbon book
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Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 10:39:29 -0400
From: madison bell <email@example.com>
To: Robert Corbett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: #778: Best book on Voodoo
The Hurbon Title, Vodou: Search for the Spirit, is the easiest to find,
inexpensive, and a very good deal considering the terrific color plates.
this page also has a link to the Metraux title in English.
At 04:25 AM 10/25/99 -0700, you wrote:
>Answer to the "best book on voodoo":
> "The Divine Horseman" by Maya Dayan - an unbelievably sensitive
>account of an American who studied voodoo extensively in the 1940's (50's?),
>died suddenly, and was buried next to her Houngan in the countryside. A
>short while later her Japanese husband died suddenly, then buried next to the
>two. The black and white photos in the book are extraordinary. suzanne seitz
>Corbett adds. Maya Deren was also shot a great deal of film. It ended
>up in the Library of Congress and about 15 years ago was edited into a film
>called THE DIVINE HORSEMAN: THE LIVING GODS OF HAITI. The film is very
>long and quite interesting. It focuses on possession and during the
>presentation of Deren's footage there is lots of Voodoo drumming and singing
>and a deep sonorous voice which reads from Deren's book.
>The last part of the film switches to carnival and Rara. I find it less
>interesting, but it is historic footage of the main carnival parade near
>1950. The information I have is that the film is from Mystic Fire video
>(about $30). FyI, their phone number for big and/or educational
>From: Sandra Mignot <email@example.com>
>To suggest one book about Haïti : Alfred Métraux, le vaudoo haïtien, in
>french. I don't know if it has been translated and published in english.
>This book is a little bit old, but the author made a serious study and was
>deeply integrated in the vaudoo societies near PAP.
>More recently, Laënnec Hurbon wrote Les mystères du vaudoo (découvertes
>Gallimard) wich is historically very rich. Lots of illustrations, testimony
>Corbett adds: Both books are translated into English I think both are still
>in print. If not in print they are easy to acquire. I know I have the
>Metraux book for sale in both hardbound and paper. In English it is:
>VOODOO IN HAITI. The Hurbon book was published in the U.S. as:
>VOODOO: SEARCH FOR THE SPIRIT. Isbn: 0-8109-2857-4
>It was published in England as: Voodoo: Truth and Fantasy.
>The Hurbon book is filled with bright color photographs and reproductions
>of Haitian Voodoo art work.
>I presume these are still in print. I have both in my library, but neither
>on my "for sale list."